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Manual of Local Politics - Volume 6

Serving as a local councillor

The Handbook of Local Politics is a guide to political practice at the local level. It is intended to help people who are committed to local politics to fulfill their voluntary or full-time tasks as successfully as possible. In ten concise, practice-oriented, didactically prepared individual volumes, it addresses the major topics of local politics.

Volume six of the Handbook of Local Politics deals with work in the municipal council and how to position oneself as an opposition party. How to exercise active control, expose mayoral party blunders and point out alternative solutions. Themes include how to prepare for meetings in the best possible way, from inspecting files to voting behavior, and how to make the right motions - including motions to extend, amend or add, when it makes sense to use the urgent motion or even the motion of no confidence, and what a supervisory complaint is. In addition, the work in the committees is dealt with, and here very specifically in the audit committee.

The handbook is written by practitioners for practitioners and features, among other things, application-oriented checklists and effective tips.

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