Between vision and consensus: Urban leadership and community involvement in the Dutch cases

Frans Coenen*, Bas Denters, Pieter-Jan Klok

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This chapter draws on research in the policy areas of social inclusion and economic competitiveness in two Dutch cities: Roermond and Enschede. In both of these cities and policy areas we examine one type of Dutch political leader: municipal aldermen.1 The Dutch system of local government is uniform and all municipalities essentially have the same decisionmaking structure. The legal regime for municipalities does not vary, but there are nevertheless considerable de facto differences in local politics, citizen involvement and local decision-making across the country. Our prime focus in this chapter is the role of municipal aldermen as political leaders, their leadership types, leadership styles, actual behaviour and role in shaping the complementarity between urban leadership and community involvement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegitimacy and Urban Governance
Subtitle of host publicationA Cross-National Comparative Study
EditorsHubert Heinelt, David Sweeting, Panagiotis Getimis
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780203099629
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2005

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy


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