What should the role of the elected member be in the 21 st  Century? Bridget Harris MyPublicServices Conference  November ...
 
public perception /1 people know what they want
public perception /2 politicians do what people want
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?
<ul><li>make decisions </li></ul><ul><li>explain decisions </li></ul><ul><li>listen & debate </li></ul><ul><li>have ideas ...
hours per month spent on each activity -  from 'The State of Local Government: a audit of local councillor opinion' conduc...
the challenge for politicians... this: versus this:
 
 
“ doing so is to be discouraged” - Deputy Speaker, on MPs quoting from an 'electronic device' in debates in the House of C...
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:  Lo...
rate the 384 areas according to: 1. who should be providing it? 2. what kind of problem is it? 2. do we need politicians t...
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]
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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 there be for the elected politician?

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  1. 1. What should the role of the elected member be in the 21 st Century? Bridget Harris MyPublicServices Conference November 26 th 2009
  2. 3. public perception /1 people know what they want
  3. 4. public perception /2 politicians do what people want
  4. 5. public perception /3 the bureaucracy is neutral
  5. 6. public perception /4 solutions are obvious and achievable
  6. 7. are we sure?
  7. 8. 'The moment a people give itself representatives It is no longer free' (Rousseau, on the social contract)
  8. 9. levers of influence.. not power
  9. 10. single point failure
  10. 11. what do politicians actually do?
  11. 12. <ul><li>make decisions </li></ul><ul><li>explain decisions </li></ul><ul><li>listen & debate </li></ul><ul><li>have ideas </li></ul><ul><li>help people </li></ul><ul><li>raise money </li></ul><ul><li>take 'responsibility' </li></ul>
  12. 13. hours per month spent on each activity - from 'The State of Local Government: a audit of local councillor opinion' conducted by ComRes Sept 2009
  13. 14. the challenge for politicians... this: versus this:
  14. 17. “ 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)
  15. 18. If government is going to change we will need politicians to change too
  16. 19. manifesto for a modern local politics
  17. 20. Carrie Bishop case-study: Swindon
  18. 21. 384..
  19. 22. ...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..
  20. 23. 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?
  21. 24. Live results (crowdsourced) from Thursday 26 th November @2.40pm 21stCenturyCouncillor.com/whoshoulddowhat
  22. 25. director of politics and partnerships [email_address] co-ordinator of programme [email_address]

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