What Should the role of the elected member be in the 21st Century??
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21st Century Councillor sponsored and led a workshop at the myPublicServices conference, asking in the light of new technologies and unprecedented ability for peer-peer communication what role should ...

21st Century Councillor sponsored and led a workshop at the myPublicServices conference, asking in the light of new technologies and unprecedented ability for peer-peer communication what role should there be for the elected politician?

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What Should the role of the elected member be in the 21st Century?? What Should the role of the elected member be in the 21st Century?? Presentation Transcript

  • What should the role of the elected member be in the 21 st Century? Bridget Harris MyPublicServices Conference November 26 th 2009
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  • public perception /1 people know what they want View slide
  • public perception /2 politicians do what people want View slide
  • public perception /3 the bureaucracy is neutral
  • public perception /4 solutions are obvious and achievable
  • are we sure?
  • 'The moment a people give itself representatives It is no longer free' (Rousseau, on the social contract)
  • levers of influence.. not power
  • single point failure
  • what do politicians actually do?
    • make decisions
    • explain decisions
    • listen & debate
    • have ideas
    • help people
    • raise money
    • take 'responsibility'
  • hours per month spent on each activity - from 'The State of Local Government: a audit of local councillor opinion' conducted by ComRes Sept 2009
  • the challenge for politicians... this: versus this:
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  • “ doing so is to be discouraged” - Deputy Speaker, on MPs quoting from an 'electronic device' in debates in the House of Commons 2nd November 2009, debate on anti-social behaviour (Hansard Column 667)
  • If government is going to change we will need politicians to change too
  • manifesto for a modern local politics
  • Carrie Bishop case-study: Swindon
  • 384..
  • ...is the number of 'citizen facing' services provided by county, metropolitan, unitary and district councils source: Local Government Services List: www.esd.org.uk/standards/lgsl 384..
  • rate the 384 areas according to: 1. who should be providing it? 2. what kind of problem is it? 2. do we need politicians to get involved?
  • Live results (crowdsourced) from Thursday 26 th November @2.40pm 21stCenturyCouncillor.com/whoshoulddowhat
  • director of politics and partnerships [email_address] co-ordinator of programme [email_address]