Abstracts: August 10th, 1998

STRENGTHENING POLITICAL LEADSHIP IN UK LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Public Money & Management, (UK), Jan-Mar 98 Vol 18 No 1
Start page: 41 No of pages: 11

Discusses how political leadership in UK local government can be strengthened, observing that the Labour Government has moved in setting up elections for a mayor for London; looks at the debate surrounding the revitalization of local democracy, setting this in the context of some authorities wishing to try out new approaches and others being resistant to change. Draws on research into alternative forms of political leadership, and establishes that increasing centralization in the UK has led to demoralization of local officers; makes cross-national comparisons in examining models observable in the USA – the mayor-council structure (both strong and weak mayors) and the council-manager structure with and without a mayor. Identifies key roles of UK political leadership and indicators of good leadership; assesses the limitations of current practice in terms of, for instance, an internal focus and a lack of clarity as to responsibilities. Considers the separation of the executive and the assembly and the granting of a formal role of leadership; studies responsibilities of an assembly.

Subject(s): LOCAL GOVERNMENT, LEADERSHIP, UNITED KINGDOM, USA, ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE, RESPONSIBILITY
Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts
Style: Comparative/evaluation Reference: 27AH711

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