From princeps to president? Comparing local political leadership transformation

Kristof Steyvers*, Tomas Bergström, Henry Bäck, Marcel Boogers, José Manuel Ruano De La Fuente, Linze Schaap

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Using conceptual dimensions identified by the literature on political leadership, this article compares its transformations at the local level in Europe. Often associated with the alleged shift to governance, the strengthening of the executive comes forward as the underlying tendency in contemporary local leadership. Empowered individualised leadership emerges, in terms of coming to and taking office, challenging traditional notions of tasks, style and conditions of local leadership. Such a tendency does not imply the apparent Americanisation of political leadership however, as the articles in this collection show, rather a path dependent European route has emerged.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-146
Number of pages16
JournalLocal government studies
Issue number2
Early online date28 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


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