Have Mayors Will Travel: Trends and Developments in the Direct Election of the Mayor: A Five-Nation Study
Whether citizens should directly elect the mayor or whether only councillors should be able to indirectly choose the local political to the exclusion of the public from the process, is one of the most controversial debates around the reform of local government – at least for policy-makers and councillors. Debates about direct or indirect election of local political leaders focus on different interpretations of political concepts such as: the legitimacy to act, visibility and profile of local leaders, transparency of political decision-making processes, accountability and the role of the citizen in local representative democracy. The chapter takes five European counties selected because of their different political traditions and structures, to assess the nature of the policy debate about the selection of the local political leader. It does this to assess how far path dependent responses to reform have influenced political change or whether crisis moments provide opportunities for new considerations about the reform of local politics to emerge.
Researchers from Spain, Czech republic, Slovenia, and Sweden involved in the project and publication
Citation : Copus, C., Iglesias, A., Hacek, M., Illner, M. and Lidstrom, A. (2016) Have Mayors Will Travel: Trends and Developments in the Direct Election of the Mayor: A Five-Nation Study. In: Khulmann and Bouckaert (eds) (ch.16) Local Public Sector Reforms in Times of Crisis: National Trajectories and International Comparisons, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 301-315
ISBN : 9781137525475
Research Group : Local Governance Research Unit
Research Institute : Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)
Peer Reviewed : Yes