Councillor/officer relations in Irish local government

alternative models.

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Abstract

The models of Irish local politics that dominate the literature offer inadequate explanations of the elected politician/officer relationship. Analyses the behaviour of the most senior local officer (the county or city manager) vis-a-vis elected representatives by first reviewing the relevant parts of four current models and then offering an alternative explanation by way of a fifth 'divergent interest' model. This final model seeks to compromise between the neglect of substantive policy concerns inherent in the brokerage explanation and the epiphenomenal model's ambivalence on the initiatives available to the manager.-from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-344
Number of pages18
JournalPublic Administration
Volume63
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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Councillor/officer relations in Irish local government : alternative models. / Collins, N.

In: Public Administration, Vol. 63, No. 3, 1985, p. 327-344.

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