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Review of the role and functions of elected members: literature review

Ashworth, Rachel Elizabeth ORCID:, Copus, C., Downe, James Daniel ORCID:, Martin, Stephen James ORCID: and Williams, P. 2006. Review of the role and functions of elected members: literature review. Cardiff: Welsh Assembly Government. Available at:

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The research had three main aims: To provide Assembly Ministers and officials with a view of the effectiveness and efficiency of councillors in conducting their functions within the modern political structures introduced by the Local Government Act 2000, Suggest any improvements which might be considered for the operation of scrutiny functions in local government, and Make proposals about the appropriate numbers of councillors within the county and county borough councils. Research Methods The research team drew on four main sources of evidence: An extensive desk review of existing national policies, strategies, research, and local authority documentation A series of fifteen semi-structured national stakeholder interviews:including policy makers, local government specialists, the inspectorates, and officials from the four main political parties Eight in-depth case studies and a programme of telephone interviews in twelve local authorities with a wide range of executive and nonexecutive members, council officers and representatives of other local agencies including Local Health Boards, Fire and Rescue Service, Police Authorities, Further Education Colleges, and Voluntary Services Five deliberative regional workshops with council officers and elected members. A total of 302 interviews were conducted. The qualitative research took place between September and November 2006. Our report, which was submitted in February 2007, led to a number of new policy initiative including a formal response issued by the Minister for Social Justice and Local Government in the summer of 2007.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Publisher: Welsh Assembly Government
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 09:15

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