Electoral and Political Changes: the impact on political bureaucratic relationships in Scottish local government

Karen Johnston, Duncan Mctavish

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Abstract

This paper explores a fundamental issue in public administration: the political bureaucratic relationship or political administrative interface. Much of the research and writing hitherto has been at central government level; and while important work on local government exists, relatively little exists on local government. The paper makes an important contribution to the field by researching aspects of the political administrative interface in the context of significant electoral and political changes in Scottish local government, which introduced single transferable voting and multi member wards. The research found an increase in intensity of senior bureaucrats' political management roles, a greater bureaucratisation of political and policy roles, increased scrutiny yet mixed findings about democratic processes. The approach and findings open up the research field and the paper concludes by suggesting some areas of future research potential.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-129
Number of pages16
JournalLocal Government Studies
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Political-administrative interface
  • bureaucratisation
  • single transferable vote
  • multi member wards
  • local government

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