Local political leadership: a comparative study


The research assesses the impact of the changes in political management arrangements introduced by the Local Government Act 2000 upon the behaviour of political leaders, especially in relation to 'clarity of vision', community leadership and visibility.


Commenced early 2002. Research completed.


Joseph Rowntree Foundation.


DMU/Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.

Research team:

Steve Leach

Vivien Lowndes

David Wilson

Jean Hartley (University of Warwick)

James Downe (University of Cardiff)

Research outputs:

Leach, S., Hartley, J., Lowndes, V., Wilson, D. and Downe, J., (2005), Local Political Leadership in England and Wales.

Lowndes, V. and Leach, S. (2004) 'Understanding Local Political Leadership Constitutions, Contexts and Capabilities', Local Government Studies, Vol 30 No 4.

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