Colin Copus

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    We ask much of our councillors but do not support them in refreshing local democracy

We ask much of our councillors but do not support them in refreshing local democracy

Much is expected of councillors in governing their areas and in solving multiple and intricate problems. Yet, their powers and responsibilities are increasingly out of step with the work need to undertake. Colin Copus and Rachel Wall draw on their work with councillors to explain the problem and its possible solutions.

Exploring the work of the councillor has been a […]

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    Could local government govern? Rethinking the role of councillors

Could local government govern? Rethinking the role of councillors

What is the meaning of ‘government’ in local government? Colin Copus writes that, although local government understandably clings to its service provision functions, there is a broader role that councillors could assume, and argues that the concept of public accountability would be key in that role.

We cling to the title local government almost from a romantic attachment to the […]