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date: 25 January 2020

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This article evaluates which of the two competing visions provides the model for most local government. The first vision is of a nonpartisan, politically neutral local government, while the second is of local government as a place where wider national party battles are fought and refought and where ideological concerns and party interest dominate decision-making. The article sets out the party political context within which local politics operates and surveys the ground where nonpartisan alternatives or smaller parties must exist. It looks at the range of political alternatives to the main parties and examines their contribution to, and the implications for, local politics.

Keywords: local government, nonpartisan, national party, party interest, political alternatives, local politics

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