Local Councillors in Europe
ISBN/ASIN: 9783658018566,9783658018573 | 2013 | English | pdf | 270/273 pages | 1.92 Mb
Publisher: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Author: Björn Egner, David Sweeting, Pieter-Jan Klok (auth.), Björn Egner, David Sweeting, Pieter-Jan Klok (eds.) | Edition: 1
Councillors are the essence of local representative democracy, linking ordinary citizens and decision-makers in municipal arenas. In cross-national perspective, and taking in countries from across Europe, this book analyses the recruitment patterns, career, party associations, role perceptions, and attitudes to democracy, representation, and participation of local councillors. Matters such as gender, parties, institutions, municipal reform, functions in governance networks, and councillor influence are considered using data collected in an international survey, covering some 12,000 members of the local political elite. Drawing on diverse and eclectic literature, the contributions in this volume comprise a comprehensive and revealing analysis of modern councillors.