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Directly Elected Mayors in Urban GovernanceImpact and Practice$
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David Sweeting

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327011

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327011.001.0001

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Debating directly elected mayors in the Czech Republic: political games and missing expertise?1

Debating directly elected mayors in the Czech Republic: political games and missing expertise?1

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(p.201) Twelve Debating directly elected mayors in the Czech Republic: political games and missing expertise?1
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Directly Elected Mayors in Urban Governance
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Petr Jüptner

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327011.003.0012

This chapter discusses and analyses the proposals for the introduction of directly elected mayors in the Czech Republic. Particular attention is paid to the proposed models of direct election and their potential impacts on the functioning of the municipal executive, and on the relationship between the mayor and other institutions of local government. It draws on research conducted by the author, in addition to government reports, legislative materials, and material from political parties and the media. It is argued that the reform process involves a debate that resembles a political game, which is connected to the experience of Austrian and Slovak mayors. Distinct periods can be identified within this debate.

Keywords:   directly elected mayors, urban governance, leadership, local government, Czech Republic, policy transfer

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