Local Politicians – balancing the micro with the macro

In the good old days, the job of being a local councillor was primarily about deciding where resources were to be allocated. A swimming pool here, a civic centre there, a new school everywhere. It was the part of the locally elected member to look after the interests of their patch, and their perceived effectiveness was directly correlated with the facilities that were opened in their community. The role was often associated with civic largesse and opening ceremonies.

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