Abstract and Keywords
The way local political leaders construct a vision for their localities, develop support and followers, and effect action is shaped by factors both within and beyond the control of the leader. The constitutional setting within which local government is located, and the political, organizational, and social contexts and the skills, capacities, and qualities of the leader, provide a framework that can be used to examine and understand local political leadership. This chapter explores how these factors combine either to help or to hinder both the development of effective local political leadership and the leader in effecting local political action.
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