Local Councillors in Europe by Björn Egner, David Sweeting, Pieter-Jan Klok

By Björn Egner, David Sweeting, Pieter-Jan Klok

Councillors are the essence of neighborhood consultant democracy, linking usual voters and decision-makers in municipal arenas. In cross-national viewpoint, and taking in international locations from throughout Europe, this booklet analyses the recruitment styles, occupation, occasion institutions, position perceptions, and attitudes to democracy, illustration, and participation of neighborhood councillors. concerns resembling gender, events, associations, municipal reform, features in governance networks, and councillor effect are thought of utilizing information accumulated in a world survey, protecting a few 12,000 contributors of the neighborhood political elite. Drawing on various and eclectic literature, the contributions during this quantity contain a complete and revealing research of contemporary councillors.

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A third is the consolidation of democratic values and norms, assuming that the proper functioning of democratic mechanisms at all levels of the state begins with sound democratic practices at the local level. , 2006) revealed that despite arguments on the decreasing role of parties in local affairs, parties have remained an important element in local politics. Discussing the role of local parties and independent candidates in local government – mainly based on English and Belgian insights – Copus et al.

Most of them also have future ambitions in staying as a councillor (the large bulk) or moving to higher local or national office. Variation exists between groups of countries in the extent to which progressive ambitions gain over their more static counterparts. Hence, given the relative experience of most councillors and the predominance of static ambitions, the pattern in career scope can be understood as a form of modest professionalisation. In various countries, councillors are thus somewhere between the layman and the professional type of recruitment and career development.

International Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences. The Macmillan Company & The Free Press: New York, 273-282. Meadowcroft, J. (2001) ‘Political Recruitment and Local Representation: the Case of Liberal Democratic Councillors’, Local Government Studies 27 (1), 19-36. -E. and Svara, J. (2002) Leadership at the Apex. Politicians and Administrators in Western Local Governments. Pittsburgh University Press: Pittsburgh. Norris, P. ) (1997) Passages to Power. Legislative Recruitment in Advanced Democracies.

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