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Tomas Bergström

Tomas Bergström

Associate professor

Tomas Bergström

From princeps to president? Comparing local political leadership transformation

Author

  • Kristof Steyvers
  • Tomas Bergström
  • Henry Back
  • Marcel Boogers
  • Jose Manuel Ruano De La Fuente
  • Linze Schaap

Summary, in English

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.

Department/s

  • Department of Political Science

Publishing year

2008

Language

English

Pages

131-146

Publication/Series

Local Government Studies

Volume

34

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article (comment)

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Topic

  • Political Science

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0300-3930