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Whatever Happened to Councillors? Problematising the Deficiency Narrative in English Local Politics
Calls for councillors to change are nothing new, even from staunch defenders of local democracy. But one critical question has been sidestepped: Why have councillors been persistently constructed as a ‘problem’ for local ...
The Power of Now: Re-imagining the Future of Local Government Through Studies of Actually Existing Practice
(Taylor and Francis, 2020)
This article contends that the study of UK local government, its institutions and actors, is an increasingly ‘niche’ pursuit. We argue that the field is caught in a common sense narrative that plays off local government ...