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Are you going to the party? : The impact of local democratic institutions on the role of local councilors : a comparative case study of Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands

Kranenburg, A. (2020) Are you going to the party? : The impact of local democratic institutions on the role of local councilors : a comparative case study of Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands.

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Abstract:The current Dutch national programme ‘Democracy in Action’ aims to reform local democracy. The Minister emphasize the need for more citizen-oriented local democracy without weakening the local representative democracy. Therefore, local councillors need to focus more on citizens in their function as local representatives. However, local councillors have to give substance to their role within the local democratic institutional setting. Local democratic institutions differ in the extent to which they give citizens influence at the expense of party influence. In contrast to the Netherlands, German local democratic institutions are more citizen-oriented. It is therefore interesting to examine, from a Dutch perspective, how German local councillors give substance to their role. This research analyses the impact of local democratic institutions on the role orientation and role behaviour of local councillors. It focuses on the representative role of local councillors and their role regarding citizen participation specifically. The results suggest that the impact of variations in local democratic institutions on the role of local councillors, in terms of giving influence to either parties or citizens, is somewhat weak.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/83411
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