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Mayoral network activities in the Netherlands

Buursink, R.G. (2018) Mayoral network activities in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:The following Bachelor Thesis focuses on the network activities of mayors in the Netherlands and the effectiveness of those activities. The following research question has been derived: "What factors influence the (effectiveness of) network activities of mayors in the Netherlands and to what level are their activities effective?" The aim of this study is to determine what factors have an influence on Dutch mayoral network activities and the effectiveness of those networks. The research design is of a cross-sectional design and is based on quantitative data derived from the POLLEADER II-survey, which was collected between 2014 and 2016. Moreover, the research encompasses two interviews with Dutch mayors. The research finds its relevance in that not a lot of research has been done into the network activities pursued by Dutch mayors. It finds that there are some factors, related to the challenges that mayors indicate for themselves, that have an influence on the level of network activities. Moreover, it seems that an increase in the level of those network activities has a positive influence on the perceived effectiveness. However, the research has been unable to find a negative relationship between dependency on other actors and effectiveness as the analysis shows that there is in fact a positive relationship between one type of dependency and effectiveness. Future research is necessary to clarify those particular relationships.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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