Councillors and their parties

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Local government councillors are often perceived as the weakest link in the local government power triangle of mayor, elected councillors and senior bureaucrats. The power position of councillors in particular countries depends on their legal status and the amount of resources and administrative-professional support available to them. Nevertheless, it can also be substantially influenced by the role of party politics in their careers. Councillors can be members of national parties, running for these parties in local elections. Alternatively, they can run for local parties or lists, or run as independent candidates, the latter option viable particularly in majoritarian electoral systems, where councillors represent electoral wards.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationLocal Councillors in Europe
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783658018573
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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