Local Political Leadership in England and Wales

Leach, Steve; Hartley, Jean; Lowndes, Vivien; Wilson, David and Downe, James (2005). Local Political Leadership in England and Wales. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

URL: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/local-political...

Abstract

The report draws on a study of political leadership within the new political management structures in English and Welsh local government, introduced under the Local Government Act 2000. Based on case studies which focused on selected local authorities - including mayors and cabinet-style local leadership models - the study employs an innovative methodology which combines in-depth case study interviews with organisational psychology through the Warwick Political Leadership Questionnaire. It assesses how political leadership has been changed by the Act and examines a variety of approaches to effective leadership.. The report also tracks the relationships with local partners, such as the Local Strategic Partnership, and examines the relationships that authorities and leaders have with their local populations. Highlighting the barriers to effective political leadership and factors which support it, the report suggests how the political traditions and cultures of different local authorities affect the leadership process. "Local political leadership in England and Wales" is based on the first interview-based study of political leadership in the UK since the Loval Government Act 2000. It clearly outlines changes in approaches to local leadership, and will contribute to the wider debate promoted by the OPDM's recent discussion paper, Vibrant Local Leadership.

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