How Institutional Designs Condition Local Political Leadership

Bidragets oversatte titel: Hvordan institutionelle designs betinger lokalt politisk lederskab

Jacob Torfing*, Tina Øllgaard Bentzen, Marte Windvold

*Corresponding author

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Abstract

This article aims to test whether local governments can enhance the elected councillors’ perceived political leadership by changing the institutional design that conditions their ability to define problems that call for collective action, design policy solutions and mobilise support for their implementation. The study draws on new research on political leadership and institutional design and data from surveys conducted in Denmark and Norway. The analytical framework distinguishes between four different but overlapping institutional design strategies, and the main finding is that institutional designs aiming to enhance executive, collective or distributive political leadership are associated with an increase in perceived political leadership, whereas – surprisingly – institutional designs aiming to enhance interactive political leadership are not. Upon closer inspection, however, the impact of interactive institutional designs on political leadership seems to be conditioned on whether the power relation between politicians and administrators is balanced or unbalanced
Bidragets oversatte titelHvordan institutionelle designs betinger lokalt politisk lederskab
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftLocal Government Studies
ISSN0300-3930
DOI
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 16 sep. 2020

Emneord

  • Politisk ledelse
  • Kommunalpolitik
  • Institutionel design

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