Western European countries differ according to the ways in which they organise the selection and the statutory positions of mayors, as was described in Part I of this study. The question to be answered now is: 'To what extent is mayoral performance affected by selection procedures and the statutory position of the mayoral office?'. It will become clear that there are huge differences in mayoral performance. Several factors influencing that performance will be identified. The most important conclusion is that mayoral selection procedures and statutory positions do affect mayoral performance, although not as much as expected. Other factors are at stake.

Local democracy, Local politics, Mayors, Performance
dx.doi.org/10.1080/03003930902743029, hdl.handle.net/1765/62144
Local government studies
Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Schaap, L, Daemen, H.H.F.M, & Ringeling, A.B. (2009). Mayors in seven European countries: Part II - Performance and analysis. Local government studies, 35(2), 235–249. doi:10.1080/03003930902743029