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The blended separation of powers and the organisation of party groups: the case of English local government

  title={The blended separation of powers and the organisation of party groups: the case of English local government},
  author={Mark Ewbank},
  • M. Ewbank
  • Published 1 July 2011
  • Political Science
In the Local Government Act 2000, central government mandated a change in political arrangements within English local authorities. Through introducing a blended separation of powers to the majority of local authorities, with a leader, cabinet and overview and scrutiny committees, the legislation moved the constitutional structure from a form of assembly government to a Westminster-style split between decision-makers and those who scrutinise those choices. One of the goals was to remove the… 

Holding politicians to account? Overview and scrutiny in English local government

Recently, there has been little research published on overview and scrutiny. This article revisits the early literature. By restating and developing six conditions for the effectiveness of overview



Scrutiny and the Political Party Group in UK Local Government: New Models of Behaviour

The introduction, via the Local Government Act 2000, of political executives held to account by influential overview and scrutiny committees challenges fundamentally the traditional operations of the

Changing images of the State: overloaded, hollowed-out, congested

Three conceptualisations of the UK's state are identified: the overloaded state of the 1960s/1970s; the hollowed-out state of the 1980s/early 1990s; the congested state of the late 1990s. In this

Urban Leadership in German Local Politics: The Rise, Role and Performance of the Directly Elected (Chief Executive) Mayor

In the post-1945 rebuilding of local democracy and local government in West Germany the local government statutes enacted by each of the regions ("Lander") created a conspicuous variety of local

Challenges to political parties : the case of Norway

Are political parties still the most important political organizations in politics? Or are they, as some charge, powerless and intellectually bankrupt? Although political parties have been the main

An Integrated Theory of Party Goals and Party Change

The authors present a theory that seeks to explain why parties change their political strategies, organizational characteristics and issue positions. Whereas most of the existing literature on party

The Separation of Powers in the Eighteenth Century

  • W. Carpenter
  • History, Political Science
    American Political Science Review
  • 1928
“Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society.” Thus the authors of The Federalist defined the purposes of the government created by the Federal Convention. But they reached this


The composition of the directly elected European Parliament does not precisely reflect the 'real' balance of political forces in the European Community. As long as the national political systems

Assessing the Policy Impact of Parliament: Methodological Challenges and Possible Future Approaches

Both academic and public discourse tends to dismiss the British parliament as a relatively marginal policy actor. Whilst parliament is clearly highly visible, and in many ways central to politics, it

Intra-Party Politics and Coalition Formation

Traditional theories about government formation in parliamentary democracies are based on the assumption that parties can be characterized as unitary actors. Many authors have questioned the

Toward Functionalism in Political Science: The Case of Innovation in Party Systems

  • T. Lowi
  • Political Science
    American Political Science Review
  • 1963
In the life of all organizations there seems to be a general tendency toward a state of affairs called “equilibrium” by the favorably disposed and “rigidity” by the disaffected. Once the internal