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Training programs for elected Municipal Councilors of the Municipality of Enschede

Leitão, B. M. (2020) Training programs for elected Municipal Councilors of the Municipality of Enschede.

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Abstract:The heart of Representative Democracies at a local level is based, in the Netherlands, with the Municipal Council (Gemeenteraad). It is composed of citizens provided a mandate by other inhabitants to legislate and represent them, and their concerns, on day-to-day business municipality-wide. These officials do not require formal training or education, only the Mandate provided by electors. However, with increasing autonomy and reach of local political institutions, the role they play reveals itself increasingly complex. As such, these same authorities have begun to institutionalize and develop some form of preparation and training to perform their unique duties in a satisfactory manner, and to achieve the goals of their service. The creation of a knowledgeable, or professional, Elected official, one who is able to perform his role in an efficient, knowledgeable manner. With this work, we analyzed how this training was being carried out in the Municipality of Enschede, as well as other agents, and if in its application, they were given the tools to better perform their institutional duties. We then analyzed the training and preparation they receive in their job, and how they viewed not only the importance of those skills, but also their satisfaction. We saw that while training given both by parties and the Municipality were seen as important for their tasks, the application of those trainings were not uniformely accepted as sufficient by all Councillors, although they did satisfy the goals of the institutions themselves.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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