Are Independent Councillors Really Conservatives in Disguise?

Date

2013-10-09

Advisors

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

0300-3930

Volume Title

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

A feature of English local political folk-lore is the belief among national political parties, that Independent councillors are Conservatives in disguise. Yet, little evidence is given to support this idea because little is known about these councillors’ beliefs and assumptions or how they distinguish themselves from the party politics they eschew. In this paper we address the question: Are all Independent councillors really Conservatives? The paper answers the question by reporting the finings of research conducted among Independent and Conservative councillors in England to explore the complex, multi-dimensional and fluid world that is Independent politics.

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Keywords

Independents, councillors, local government, councils

Citation

Copus, C., and M.Wingfield (2014) Are Independent Councillors Really Conservatives in Disguise? Local Government Studies, 40 (5), pp. 647-669

Rights

Research Institute

Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)