The Directly Elected Executive Mayor in German Local Government
Local government in Germany has recently undergone a dramatic change in the institutional design and arrangement of its local political and administrative leadership. Since the early 1990s, in a conspicuous sequence of legislative acts, all federal States (Länder) have amended their individual municipal laws to provide for the direct election of an executive mayor, replacing the previous varied pattern of local government with a largely uniform scheme. This chapter explains the extent of the institutional shift and examines its likely impact on local political and administrative structures.
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