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Mayors in the Town Hall: Patterns of Relations and Conflict Among Municipal Actors

  • Carmen Navarro
  • David Karlsson
  • Jaume Magre
  • Iveta Reinholde
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Part of the Governance and Public Management book series (GPM)

Abstract

The chapter explores the way in which local actors interrelate with each other and the environment surrounding them. For doing so, it analyses the balance of power among municipal actors in European town halls and to what extent these relationships are characterised either by consensus or by conflict. The findings confirm the existence of differences among types of government, confirming the validity of the Mourtizen–Svara’s typology to capture the division of functions at the apex of local leadership forms of local government. When analysing the level of conflict, other factors such as the level of local autonomy in the political system, the municipality’s economic situation or the mayor’s ideological position explain variation.

Keywords

Local government systems Local government leadership Local government reforms Local political conflict 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmen Navarro
    • 1
  • David Karlsson
    • 2
  • Jaume Magre
    • 3
  • Iveta Reinholde
    • 4
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencia PolíticaUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.School of Public AdministrationUniversity of GothenburgGöteborgSweden
  3. 3.Departament de Ciència Política, Dret Constitucional i Filosofia del Dret, Facultat de DretUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of LatviaRigaLatvia

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