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Dependencies and networking activities of European mayors

Meilinger, K.C.S. (2018) Dependencies and networking activities of European mayors.

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Abstract:This paper aims to analyse factors which determine the networking activities of European Mayors. These factors are in part the setting in which the mayors are acting, their dependency on other actors in regards to their networking activities as well as the influence of their priority issue choice for which they network. For this an existing data set of a large study over 28 countries with a total of 2691 cases, is used for regression analysis to determine significant influences of said factors. This paper aims to answer the following main research question: To what extent do networking dependencies, the choice of priority issue as well as factors of the municipal setting influence the extent to which mayors of 29 European countries engage in networking activities concerning the chosen priority issue in the years 2014-16. This paper hopes to facilitate the understanding of the networking behaviour of local leaders as well as factors that influence said behaviour. In this a contribution to the field of public and local governance research is to be made. Overall it was found that variation in the priority issue setting of European mayors has an effect on their indicated levels of dependencies for some of their indicated issue priorities. Also, variation in terms of the relation between indicated dependency and network activity for the different priority issue choices is present for some issue choices but could not be confirmed for all of them.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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