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The Relationship Between Local Government Councilors and Senior Managers in a Period of Change

International Journal of Applied HRM (ISSN: 1742-2604) Volume 1 Issue 3

Miss. Deborah Simpson

Abstract

Local government over the last few decades has moved away from institutional authority embodied in the structures of councils towards more complex networks of local governance. Local government has been at the centre of wider processes of restructuring aimed at modernising the local welfare state. Underpinning the changes that have faced local government in the creation of new forms of governance has been a series of assumptions about welfare and how it is best delivered.

The movement away from power and authority drawn from council structures has implications for managers seeking to implement policy in their relationship with councilors. This study found that senior managers in local government experienced perceived ambiguity and loss of direction as a result of the multi-faceted nature of the new forms of governance.

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