Finding a Focus for Local Political Leadership: Performance, Party, Public or Partners?

  • Francesca Gains


This chapter will examine how the pressure to encourage efficiency and improve performance in local government is altering the traditional focus and activities of local political leaders. Initially it will examine the pressures for management and governance reform at the local level across local government in Europe before setting out a framework for understanding the role of local political leaders. This suggests that political leaders at the local level have to balance a variety of tasks both internally and externally focussed in order to create and manage coalitions of support for their leadership at the same time as ensuring the strategic development and delivery of services.


Executive Councillor Executive Decision Party Group Political Management Constitutional Arrangement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesca Gains
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  1. 1.Department of Government and International PoliticsUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK

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