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The Politicians: Autonomy and Competition

  • Ian Budge
  • J. A. Brand
  • Michael Margolis
  • A. L. M. Smith

Abstract

A further question carried over from the analysis of the relationship between ward politicians and their constituents is how far politicians as a body can act without reference to outsiders: in effect, how far the council itself is a free agent, and how far it is constrained — for example by the competition between parties — to follow electoral or other leads. In seeking an answer to this point we can draw upon the study of representation undertaken in Chapter 3 but much other evidence has to be considered. For constituency pressures are not the only constraints which might be felt by councillors. And their attitudes towards each other could have an independent effect in tilting the role of the council towards party arena or collegial body.

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Detailed Category Labour Party Electoral Competition General Attention Electoral Opinion 
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References

  1. 137.
    D. E. Stokes, ‘Spatial Models of Party Competition’, APSR lvii(1963) 368–77. Google Scholar
  2. H. Alker Jr., ‘Dimensions of Conflict in the General Assembly’, APSR lyra (Sep 1964) 642–6Google Scholar

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© Ian Budge, J. A. Brand, Michael Margolis and A. L. M. Smith 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Budge
  • J. A. Brand
  • Michael Margolis
  • A. L. M. Smith

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