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Transforming Political Leadership in Local Government

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List of Tables List of Figures Acknowldgements Institutional Reforms in Local Government: A Comparative Framework; R.Berg & N.Rao The Reform of the Political Executive in Dutch Local Government; B.Denters, P.J.Klok & H.van der Kolk The Directly-elected Executive Mayor in German Local Government; H.Wollmann From Committees to Leaders and Cabinets: The British Experience; N.Rao From Aldermen to Ministers: The Oslo Model; H.Baldersheim Municipal Presidentialism and Democratic Consolidation in Spain; J.M.Ferran & X.B.Horta From Cabinets to Committees; The Danish Experience R.Berg Laymen and Executives in Swiss Local Government; A.Ladner The Swedish Model: Many Actors and a Few Strong Leaders; S.Montin Institutional Form and Political Leadership in American City Government; J.H.Svara The Powerful French Mayor: Myth and Reality; E.Kerrouche Transformation of the Political Executive in Belgian Local Government; J.Ackaert Institutions Count But Resources Decide: American Mayors and the Limits of Formal Structure; C.N.Stone Transforming Political Leadership: Models, Trends and Reforms; H.O.Larsen Bibliography Index
Local governments throughout the west are undergoing a transformation of their leadership styles and structures. Some countries have abandoned traditional systems of collective or committee based decision-making in favour of Cabinet models or, more radically, a directly-elected executive mayor, while others have strengthened existing mayoral systems. There are a few exceptions to this trend. Based on original research in eleven countries the book assesses these changes in terms of their implications for political accountability, the role of lay politicians, political recruitment, the professionalization of leadership, and relations with the bureaucracy.

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