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The political priorities of city mayors

Pieper, Fee (2016) The political priorities of city mayors.

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Abstract:This thesis analyses political priorities of mayors as well as the extent to what certain factors might influence them. According to this, the following research question has been derived: To what extent are materialist and post-materialist political priorities of European mayors in their term of office explained by generational differences and by local and national contextual factors (such as the size of the municipality, the institutional strength of the mayor, and the dominant national political culture) in the beginning of the 21st century? The aim of this study is not only to describe the political priorities of city mayors but also to explain them. Personal factors are assumed to be their causes. Nevertheless, local and national contextual factors as well are considered as influential factors. The research design is cross-sectional and bases on quantitative data that were collected in 2003 and 2004 within the scope of the European mayor project (Bäck, Heinelt, & Magnier, 2006). The research has potential relevance as it examines factors explaining the sphere of local governance and mayoral leadership. Keywords: Local governance, mayoral leadership, political prioritization
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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