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Leadership politics in the United Kingdom’s local government : an introduction

Stéphanie Bory et Timothy Whitton
p. 83-84

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12016 was an important election year for Wales, Ireland, Scotland and London. In the first three cases, elections were postponed because of the General Elections in Britain whereas in London, the mayor had finished his second four-year mandate.

  • 1 Ana Langer, The Personalisation of Politics in the UK. Mediated Leadership from Attlee to Cameron, (...)

2This set of articles focuses on the importance of leaders and their particular brand of politics in these elections. It studies the extent to which leaders’ attitudes have recently changed in the realm of local and devolved politics to enable them to keep abreast with the challenges of modern leadership. Authors also examine how “mediated leadership”1 trickled down from national to local and devolved politics and the role played by the social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in shaping new leadership politics.

3In her article entitled ‘Bristol fashion ? Leadership and local politics in England and the power of democratically-elected mayors : an epiphenomenon or a national trend ?’, Susan Finding examines how local politics in Britain have been influenced by the introduction of direct democracy in mayoral elections in England, and whether the Bristol case is a blueprint demonstrating how local politics are independent from the national level and new leadership styles and issues.

4 In ‘Leadership in London: from government to governance’, Timothy Whitton, after briefly reminding the first mayoral elections in London dominated for sixteen years by two main figures, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone, focuses on the 2016 election opposing two new candidates, Zac Goldsmith for the Conservatives and Sadiq Khan for Labour. He considers the very particular brand of leadership politics that London has fostered.

5 Finally, in ‘From Rhodri Morgan to Carwyn Jones, two different styles of leadership’, Stéphanie Bory analyses the different styles of leadership displayed by the two main First Ministers of the National Assembly for Wales since 1999. Both members of the Labour Party, they embody proximity and distance, familiarity and professionalism. The author studies how both leaders have managed to turn the weak Welsh institutions into a parliament that must be reckoned with in London.

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1 Ana Langer, The Personalisation of Politics in the UK. Mediated Leadership from Attlee to Cameron, Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2012.

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Stéphanie Bory et Timothy Whitton, « Leadership politics in the United Kingdom’s local government : an introduction », Observatoire de la société britannique, 20 | 2018, 83-84.

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Stéphanie Bory et Timothy Whitton, « Leadership politics in the United Kingdom’s local government : an introduction », Observatoire de la société britannique [En ligne], 20 | 2018, mis en ligne le 01 septembre 2018, consulté le 16 octobre 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/osb/1992

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Stéphanie Bory

Maître de conferences à l'Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3

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Timothy Whitton

Professeur de civilisation britannique à l'Université de Clermont-Ferrand

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