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.
|Title of host publication||Legitimacy and Urban Governance|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Cross-National Comparative Study|
|Editors||Hubert Heinelt, David Sweeting, Panagiotis Getimis|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Dec 2005|
|Name||Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy|