Place, personal characteristics and councillor roles: a multivariate analysis of survey data

Rao, Nirmala; Young, Ken; Lynn, Peter and Hurrell, Philippa. 1994. Place, personal characteristics and councillor roles: a multivariate analysis of survey data. Policy and Politics, 22(1), pp. 31-42. ISSN 0305-5736 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The government proposals on the structure and internal management of local government put forward in 1991 raise important questions for the representative and decision-making roles of councillors. A re-analysis of data collected for the Widdicombe committee in 1985 was conducted, using multiple regression. The findings suggest that the time councillors spend on different council activites is significantly affected by a number of locality variables, including party control, authority type and representative ratio, and by personal characteristic variables, including income and party affiliation. Representative ratio also appears to have an influence upon the characteristics of the councillors themselves. The implications for the reorganisation of local government are explored.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

Councillors; Representation; Personal characteristics

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
1994Published

Item ID:

132

Date Deposited:

02 Feb 2007

Last Modified:

25 Mar 2019 12:50

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/132

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