- List of Contributors
- Puzzles of Political Leadership
- Western Political Thought
- Theory of Democratic Leadership
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Political Psychology
- Psychoanalytic Theories
- Social Psychology
- Rational Choice Approaches to Leadership
- Institutional Analysis
- Contextual Analysis
- Decision Analysis
- Social-Constructionist Analysis
- Rhetorical and Performative Analysis
- Experimental Analysis
- Observational Analysis
- At-A-Distance Analysis
- Biographical Analysis
- Personality Profiling Analysis
- Civic Leadership
- Party and Electoral Leadership
- Populism and Political Leadership
- Performative Political Leadership
- Political Leadership in Networks
- Political Leadership in Times of Crisis
- Leadership and the American Presidency
- Presidential Communication from Hustings to Twitter
- Executive Leadership in Semi-Presidential Systems
- The Variability of Prime Ministers
- The Contingencies of Prime-Ministerial Power in the UK
- Prime Ministers and their Advisers in Parliamentary Democracies
- Cabinet Ministers: Leaders, Team Players, Followers?
- Local Political Leaders
- Regional Political Leadership
- Leadership and International Cooperation
- Leadership of International Organizations
- Political Leadership in China
- Latin American Leadership
- Post-Communist Leadership
- African Political Leadership
- Can Political Leadership be Taught?
- Does Gender Matter?
- What Have We Learned?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
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.
Colin Copus is Professor of Local Politics and Director of the Local Governance Research Unit in the Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University. His main research interests are: local political leadership, local party politics, local governance, and the changing role of the councillor and he has published widely on these subjects in academic journals. He has carried out research work for government departments and worked with ministers and MPs on policy issues. He has worked closely with practitioners in local government on a range of consultancy and research projects. Colin has been the editor Local Government Studies since 2001. He has also served as a councillor on a London Borough council, a county and a district council and three parish councils.
Steve Leach is Emeritus Professor of Local Government at the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University. He has a long and respected record of research and consultancy in the politics, management and reorganization of local government. He has researched and published widely on local political leadership and has worked closely with a range of local political leaders on political and policy matters. Steve has also researched, studied and written about the development of overview and scrutiny in local government and has supported many councils in revising and strengthening their scrutiny function by which political leaders are held to account. Steve is a former editor of Local Government Studies and is still a member of the editorial board of the journal.
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