Modernisation or backward step? Women councillors and new decision-making structures in local government

Bochel, Catherine and Bochel, Hugh (2004) Modernisation or backward step? Women councillors and new decision-making structures in local government. Local Government Studies, 30 (1). pp. 36-50. ISSN 1743-9388

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0300393042000230911

Abstract

Following the 1997 general election New Labour took power with a commitment to 'modernising' government, including local government. This modernisation was based upon a variety of approaches including the introduction of new decision-making structures, improving local democracy, improving local financial accountability, creating a new ethical framework for councillors and council employees and improving local services. It is with the first two of these and their potential impact upon women councillors that this article is concerned. It analyses past evidence on women's participation in local government in the UK and examines the impact of the new political structures on progression to senior posts in local government.

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Additional Information:Following the 1997 general election New Labour took power with a commitment to 'modernising' government, including local government. This modernisation was based upon a variety of approaches including the introduction of new decision-making structures, improving local democracy, improving local financial accountability, creating a new ethical framework for councillors and council employees and improving local services. It is with the first two of these and their potential impact upon women councillors that this article is concerned. It analyses past evidence on women's participation in local government in the UK and examines the impact of the new political structures on progression to senior posts in local government.
Keywords:Local government
Subjects:L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:695
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:13 Jul 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:13

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