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Social Democratic and Conservative standpoints on the introduction of directly-elected mayors in England and North Rhine-Westphalia - Labour Party and SPD in comparison to Conservative Party and CDU

Steinjan, T. N. (2014) Social Democratic and Conservative standpoints on the introduction of directly-elected mayors in England and North Rhine-Westphalia - Labour Party and SPD in comparison to Conservative Party and CDU.

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Abstract:Every political decision reflects the ideas, attitudes and beliefs of those who make it. These are summarised under the expression of political ideology. A common way to illustrate differences in political ideologies is a bipolar scheme which divides the political landscape along the two opposing ends of Conservatism and Socialism. In this thesis it shall be investigated whether political ideologies play a role for the selection and implementation of major (local) democratic reforms. On the basis of a comparative discourse analysis between the German federal state of North Rhine Westphalia on the one hand and England on the other hand it will be tried to identify ideological differences between Social Democratic and Conservative standpoints regarding local democratic reforms. The local government reform in question deals with the introduction of directly-elected mayors in both countries. The main research question of the analysis will be: What are the effects of the different ideological standpoints of CDU/Conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD/Labour) on the respective outcomes of the local government reform debates about directly-elected mayors in England and NRW? In order to answer that question parliamentary debates in both countries as well as the corresponding party programmes of the parties will be analysed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64440
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