Leading questions : if 'total place', 'big society' and local leadership are the answers : what's the question?
Grint, Keith and Holt, C.. (2011) Leading questions : if 'total place', 'big society' and local leadership are the answers : what's the question? Leadership, Vol.7 (No.1). pp. 85-98. ISSN 1742-7150Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742715010393208
This paper concerns the apparent decentralization of decision-making in the UK that has accompanied the new coalition government. In particular, we are interested in the rise of Prime Minister Cameron's public services initiative: 'Big Society', and one of its antecedents, 'Total Place'. We suggest that while these remain sites of political contest, they provide an opportunity for rethinking why the leadership of change might be linked to a change of leadership. In effect, if these approaches are the answer to the problem of providing public services in an age of austerity, then we need to start the analysis by asking what the questions to these answers are. To unravel this point we briefly explain the background to these developments and then consider six questions that might help explain why the local nature of leadership matters. These questions are: what kind of problem are we looking at? What is the purpose of this organization? How does power operate in this place? Why is the local nature of knowledge critical? Is time a problem or an opportunity? And, finally, what kind of local space is this? We conclude by suggesting that the nature of local leadership matters because it constitutes similar problems differently.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Leadership|
|Page Range:||pp. 85-98|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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