Steve Leach identifies the key challenges facing chief executives in British local government in operating in an environment where party politics is a dominant force. It discusses the basis on which chief executives apply for posts and manage the interview process, and the importance of the 'honeymoon period' - the first 6-9 months.
STEVE LEACH is Emeritus Professor of Local Government at De Montfort University, UK. He has a long record of research and consultancy in the politics, management and reorganisation of local government in Britain. Recent publications include Botched Business, The Damaging Process of Local Government Reorganisation 2006-08 (with Michael Chisholm) and The Changing Role of Local Politics in Britain.