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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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(p.55) 4 Councillors
In Defence of Councillors

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

The chapter examines the strategies and approaches councillors develop to interact with a wide range of players in governance networks. It explores how, if at all, councillors attempt to influence and shape the policies of public bodies beyond the council which spend public money and make policy decisions but do so without the democratic mandate granted to the councillor and council. The chapter examines the importance of the legitimacy to act granted councillors and councils by the electoral process when it comes to navigating governance networks and how that mandate can be used to secure the accountability of un-elected bodies and decision-makers. It examines the individual choices made by councillors about whether and how they will engage in networks beyond the council and suggests that to hold networks and their participants to account councils must support councillors in this activity as a central feature of their office.

Keywords:   Governance, Networks, Accountability, Election, Democratic anchorage, Councillors, Local government

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