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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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Official mind and public image

Official mind and public image

(p.107) 7 Official mind and public image
In Defence of Councillors

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

The chapter explores the development of government views – what is termed the official mind – about the office of councillor and the holders of that office. It does that through a review of selected government inquires and commissions to assess whether an official disdain for councillors exists and how, if at all, that displays itself in policy thinking. The chapter explores the nature of such inquires and questions the lack of any fundamental review of the purpose of the office of councillor. The chapter also examines how the local press report on the activities of councillors and provides a categorisation of local media stories. The chapter examines the symbiotic nature of the relationship between councillors and the local press and examines how the nature of reporting shapes the public image of councillors.

Keywords:   Councillor, Government, Maud Committee, Widdicombe Committee, Councillors Commission, Media and councillors, Press and councillors

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