Western European countries differ according to the ways in which they organise local government, not least in the manner in which mayors are selected and in the mayors' statutory positions and responsibilities. The question is to what extent is mayoral performance affected by selection procedures and the statutory position of the mayoral office? In two exploratory articles, the results of a number of comparative empirical studies will be presented. In this first part the focus will be on the theoretical and methodological framework of the study, and on the variations in selection procedures and statutory positions. In the second part (to be published in the next issue of this journal) we will relate these findings to evidence on mayoral performance.

European Union, Local government in the EU, Local political leadership, Mayoral performance, comparative study, leadership, local government
dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930802574508, hdl.handle.net/1765/18322
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Local Government Studies
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

Schaap, L, Daemen, H.H.F.M, & Ringeling, A.B. (2009). Mayors in seven European countries: Part I. Selection procedures and statutory position. Local Government Studies, 35(1), 95–108. doi:10.1080/03003930802574508