A Notwestminster 2016 Lightning talk from Colin Copus
Why work long unsocial hours, constantly on call, under a demanding boss who really doesn’t understand what you do or why, with minimal support and training, for poor pay and low public esteem – unless you really had to do so?
Well that’s what councillors experience, but they keep coming back for more and the supply is far from running low. So, why do they do it, what does the job entail, how does it affect their lives, what can they achieve, what support do they require to be able to do the job more effectively, what strategies do they use to overcome the constraints on their office and to operate in complex governing networks that they cannot really control? How can councillors best govern their areas and represent their communities and how can we reshape the rhetoric around the office of councillor and its public image?
Video of Colin’s talk
Director of the Local Governance Research Unit
Department of Politics & Public Policy, De Montfort University
Colin Copus is a Professor of Local Politics. His academic interests are central-local relationships and the constitutional status of local government, localism, local party politics, local political leadership and the changing role of the councillor. Colin has worked closely with policy-makers and practitioners in central and local government and he was an advisor to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. He is working with the Communities and Local Government Committee on the role of the councillor. He has also served as a councillor on a London Borough council, a county and a district council and three parish councils.
Colin was the editor of Local Government Studies 2001 to 2013 and has published widely in academic journals.
Colin’s latest book is: “In Defence of Councillors”, published by Manchester University Press.