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In Defence of Councillors$
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Colin Copus

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088322

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088322.001.0001

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Councillors and RealLokalPolitik

Councillors and RealLokalPolitik

(p.35) 3 Councillors and RealLokalPolitik
In Defence of Councillors

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

The chapter examines the strategies councillors develop in dealing with political conflict and devising political action. It introduces the concept of RealLokalPolitik as a framework within which to explore whether and how councillors approach political issues from an ideological, party-centric view or from a pragmatic view based on assessment of what can realistically be achieved in any political circumstances. It also provides two models of councillor action: the corporate and associated councillor – which reflect the relationship councillors have to working inside or outside of the council; and the lay or professional councillor, which assess the nature of the approach councillor take to their office. The chapter provides two vignettes which explore these models in action

Keywords:   Party, Ideology, Pragmatic politics, Councillor, Political action, Councillors, Local government, Political action

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