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RELATIONSHIPS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Relationships are key to good governance in local government. This is due to the lack of governance structures found at the state and federal levels such as the existence of a formal governing party, an opposition, a cabinet of ministers and a speaker to manage the legislature.

Good relationships, which are based on understanding and agreements around roles, help the different elements of a local government to work together effectively.

This section features the most important local government relationships which help to promote good governance practices.

About relationships in local government

Good relationships should ensure that there are no ‘surprises’ for councillors or the administration.

Good relationships help councillors achieve their goals.

Good relationships between the administration and council are based on a sophisticated understanding of each other’s roles.

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