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Managing Members or Members Managing?

  • Richard Kerley
Chapter
Part of the Government Beyond the Centre book series (GBC)

Abstract

At some point during any discussion with local government officials at least one person present will either imply — or directly claim — that ‘everything would be much better if it weren’t for the members’. In similar terms, those services now subject to a contractual regime will often see managers express resentment that their service must carry a part of the cost of ‘the democratic process’. These same officials will, however, often assert that the authority of the council to do certain things (to impose a school rationalisation programme) or its right to do things in a certain way (the compulsory purchase of land) is justified because it is mandated by the democratic process of elections.

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© Richard Kerley 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Kerley
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeUK

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