The importance of political parties in county government
The chapter examines the organisation, activities and impact of party politics on the role of the county councillor as an elected representative. It will examine the way county councillors respond to party group demands for their loyalty and that he or she acts in a coherent and disciplined fashion in the conduct of local government business (Gyford, et al. 1989; Stoker 1991). The chapter will explore, using attitudinal data, how county councillors balance party pressures with the representation of local communities. It will address the question, if local democracy is party controlled and, as the councillor, more often than not, is a member of a national political party (see Bäck, 2003; Guerin and Kerrouche 2009) how do they balance the best interests of their voters and the parties of which they are a member (Copus 2004)?
Citation : Copus, C., Sweeting, D. and Oliver, T. (2015) The importance of political parties in county government. In: Bertran, Egner and Heinelt (eds) Policy Making at the Second Tier of Local Government in Europe, What is happening in provinces, counties, départements and landkreise in the on-going re-scaling of statehood? Routledge, pp. 163-178
ISBN : 9780415843485
Research Group : Local Governance Research Unit
Research Institute : Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)