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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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Directly elected mayors in Germany: leadership and institutional context

Directly elected mayors in Germany: leadership and institutional context

(p.159) Ten Directly elected mayors in Germany: leadership and institutional context
Directly Elected Mayors in Urban Governance

Björn Egner

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Each German state has adopted its own municipal code which defines the horizontal power relations between the two most powerful players in local politics, the mayor and the municipal council. The aim of this chapter is to find our whether variances in formal power between states are connected to the assessment of mayors and councillors concerning the relationship between them. For that purpose, an index of mayoral power is established. Within reference to six regression models, the explanatory power of formal institutions is found to be relatively weak.

Keywords:   directly elected mayors, urban governance, leadership, local government, Germany, councillors, mayoral power

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