Councillors in Crisis: The Public and Private Worlds of by Jacqueline Barron

By Jacqueline Barron

An exploration of the hyperlink among the private and non-private worlds of neighborhood politicians utilizing fabric from countless numbers of hours of personal interviews with political activists and their companions. The publication matters itself with the person on the centre of this challenge - the councillor.

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They may therefore find it more difficult than non-employed women to combine their existing commitments with a political career. That some of them nevertheless do so is an indication of the strength of their motivation and persistence. ' (Stacey and Price 1981). Most previous commentators have concentrated on the opportunities provided by political parties through their selection procedures. As we have seen, however, any selection process relies on the availability of individuals who put themselves in a position where they may be selected.

Collins 1978a) 22 Councillors in Crisis Similarly, Fudge, Murie and Ring (1979) in their innovative report looked briefly at the private world of newly elected councillors. Their study suggested new lines of inquiry but most of their comments were speculative. Moreover, the characteristics of the sample (which consisted solely of very recent recruits, only three of whom were women, and only one a Labour member) necessarily limits the relevance which can be placed on their conclusions. For most political scientists, however, this private world is not a proper field of study.

We will look at the reasons for the under-representation of women in a later section of this chapter. Age The Maud Committee was also concerned with the overall age profile of councillors. At the time of their survey, in 1965, 61 per cent of female councillors and 52 per cent of male councillors were over the age of 55 and only 15 per cent of women and 21 per cent of men were below 45 years of age. These figures were grossly out of line with the age distribution of the population as a whole. Ten years later, there had only been a slight change.

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