The Internal Politics of Local Authorities

  • Gerry Stoker
Part of the Public Policy and Politics book series


To understand the operation of local government it is essential to examine the internal politics of local authorities. What goes on inside towns, boroughs and county halls is vital for at least two reasons. First the administrative routines, power structures and conflicts of interest within local authorities can affect policy processes by modifying and mediating external influences. Second they may provide an independent dynamic. The internal politics of local authorities reflect not only an ability to make choices in the context of external influences, but also a facility for taking initiatives and independent action on the part of officers and councillors.


Local Authority Policy Process County Council Internal Politics Senior Officer 
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© Gerard Stoker 1988

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  • Gerry Stoker

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