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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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New directions and new purposes

New directions and new purposes

(p.139) 8 New directions and new purposes
In Defence of Councillors

Colin Copus

Manchester University Press

The chapter provides a re-thinking of the role of the councillor. It does this in order to strengthen the office as a representative, local governor and decision-maker and to enhance the governing role of the councillor and their community leadership role within their wards and divisions. The chapter considers how the introduction of executive and scrutiny distinctions in the specific tasks of councillors has developed and how scrutiny, in particular, has yet to reach its full governing potential. The chapter provides two models for strengthening the governing role of the councillor and council: one which rests on developments in the scrutiny process; and, the other which rests on a fundamental recasting of the relationship between English local government and the British centre, through the development of a localised state.

Keywords:   Councillor, Local government, Community leadership, Political leadership, Inter-governmental relationships, Constitution, Overview and scrutiny, Council cabinet

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