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Community leadership cycles and the consolidation of neighbourhood coalitions in the new local governance

Purdue, Derrick


Derrick Purdue


The success of the new patterns of local governance depends on engaging communities in a range of partnerships at various geographic scales and administrative levels. In practice, this usually falls to a handful of community leaders in any given locality. Our research on area regeneration partnerships in the UK reveals a community leadership cycle, which proceeds through five phases. The first phase consists of the emergence of a first generation of leaders early on in a partnership, in the second phase their position in the partnership is consolidated and loyalty to the partnership developed, followed by a third phase of the cultivation of a second generation of leaders. Then comes a fourth phase in which the new generation of leaders raise their voices to challenge the established patterns of representation in the partnership. In the final phase, individual leaders exit from the partnership. This community leadership cycle is part of building multi-sector leadership coalitions in the neighbourhoods through strategies combining loyalty, voice and exit. © 2005 Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.


Purdue, D. (2005). Community leadership cycles and the consolidation of neighbourhood coalitions in the new local governance. Public Management Review, 7(2), 247-266.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2005
Journal Public Management Review
Print ISSN 1471-9037
Electronic ISSN 1471-9045
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 247-266
Keywords community leadership cycles, neighbourhood coalitions, local governance
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Additional Information Additional Information : Theoretical framework developed from community power, urban politics and voice / exit literatures was applied to data collected in the JRF funded project 'Community Leaders in Area Regeneration', of which the author was the principal researcher. Developed through a conference paper presented to the Urban Futures 2000 Conference, Johannesburg, (2000).

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