Political Leaders and Changing Local Democracy

The European Mayor

  • Hubert Heinelt
  • Annick Magnier
  • Marcello Cabria
  • Herwig Reynaert

Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Hubert Heinelt, Annick Magnier, Marcello Cabria, Herwig Reynaert
    Pages 1-17
  3. Hubert Heinelt, Nikos Hlepas, Sabine Kuhlmann, Pawel Swianiewicz
    Pages 19-78
  4. Jérémy Dodeigne, Joanna Krukowska, Aistė Lazauskienė
    Pages 109-147
  5. Ivan Koprić, Eva Marín Hlynsdóttir, Jasmina Džinić, Enrico Borghetto
    Pages 149-172
  6. Angelika Vetter, Hubert Heinelt, Lawrence E. Rose
    Pages 173-208
  7. Nikos Hlepas, Thanos Chantzaras, Panagiotis Getimis
    Pages 209-241
  8. Marcello Cabria, Annick Magnier, Patricia Pereira
    Pages 243-272
  9. Bas Denters, Kristof Steyvers, Pieter-Jan Klok, Daniel Cermak
    Pages 273-296
  10. Oliver Dlabac, Marta Lackowska, Daniel Kübler
    Pages 297-326
  11. Björn Egner, Adam Gendźwiłł, Pawel Swianiewicz, Werner Pleschberger
    Pages 327-358
  12. Carmen Navarro, David Karlsson, Jaume Magre, Iveta Reinholde
    Pages 359-385
  13. Sabine Kuhlmann, Markus Seyfried, Irena Bačlija Brajnik
    Pages 387-409
  14. Annick Magnier, Panagiotis Getimis, Marcello Cabria, Luis Baptista
    Pages 411-445
  15. Herwig Reynaert, Hubert Heinelt, Annick Magnier, Marcello Cabria
    Pages 447-455
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 457-487

About this book


This book studies political leadership at the local level, based on data from a survey of the mayors of cities of more than 10,000 inhabitants in 29 European countries carried out between 2014 and 2016. The book compares these results with those of a similar survey conducted ten years ago. From this comparative perspective, the book examines how to become a mayor in Europe today, the attitudes of these politicians towards administrative and territorial reforms, their notions of democracy, their political priorities, whether or not party politicization plays a role at the municipal level, and how mayors interact with other actors in the local political arena. This study addresses students, academics and practitioners concerned at different levels with the functioning and reforms of the municipal level of local government.      
Hubert Heinelt is Professor of Public Administration, Public Policy and Urban Research at the Institute for Political Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany. 

Annick Magnier is Professor of Urban Sociology and Jean Monnet Chair in ‘The City in European Integration’ at the Department of Political and Social Science, University of Florence, Italy. 

Marcello Cabria is a PhD candidate in a joint programme between the Department of Social and Political
Sciences at the University of Florence, Italy, and the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at the University of Turin, Italy. 

Herwig Reynaert is Professor at the Department of Political Sciences and the Dean of the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at Ghent University, Belgium.                                                                     


Local government Municipal administration Local Autonomy Index Political recruitment Political careers Political ambition Leadership Directly elected mayors Indirectly designated mayors Institutions Participatory democracy Representative democracy Urban regime Economic crisis Decentralization Political parties Party Significance Index New Public Management Public Private Partnership Strategic planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Hubert Heinelt
    • 1
  • Annick Magnier
    • 2
  • Marcello Cabria
    • 3
  • Herwig Reynaert
    • 4
  1. 1.Technische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Department of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of FlorenceFirenzeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of FlorenceFirenzeItaly
  4. 4.WetenschappenVakgroep Politieke WetenschappenGentBelgium

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