Abstracts: February 7th, 2000

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Public Administration, (UK), 1999 Vol 77 No 2

Start page: 257. No of pages: 15

Looks at the various options that have been proposed for reforming local government in the UK to improve the representation of local people at this level of government. Assesses the attitudes of local government councillors to the different proposals (elected mayors or a streamlined system in which responsibility is given to a small ‘cabinet’ of councillors). Finds a large majority of councilors in favour of retaining the existing committee system, setting out their views on its value and effectiveness. Focuses on the time commitments that arise for councillors because of the committee system, looking at how councillors view the split between different aspects of their council work. Analyses how councillors’ views change according to their position in the Council leadership, age, education and political party. Considers if there is a real need to change the role of councillors within local government, suggesting that the old system is capable of adaption, which could lead to a stronger system of representational democracy than the more radical solutions that have been proposed.

Subject(s): LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE, ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE, UNITED KINGDOM, COMMITTEES

Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts

Style: Theoretical with application in practice, Survey

ISSN: 0033-3298. Reference: 28AY196.

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