This report is based on the following thesis statement: How do local politicians exert political leadership and what motivates as well as obstructs this? This report is a case study based on a Danish municipality, where the empirical data is centered on interviews with local politicians. The report examines this by looking at three factors, which include, the local politician’s framework conditions, the influence of the administration, and the cooperation with the municipal council. The basis of the study of these factors is Robert C. Tucker’s theory of political leadership, theoretical demands of political leadership, and management-trends based on collaborative innovation. The report examines how politicians identify political issues, find solutions, and mobilize support. The report concludes that the local politicians are primarily motivated by larger ideological and national ideas; therefore, they believe that their function as a local politician is to develop the municipality through their vision of what the political community should be. It is concluded that the involvement of civilian participants and collaborative innovation furthers the political leadership by providing more opportunities for cooperation, knowledge, and inspiration. The framework conditions of the local politicians is however impeded by the structure of the committees and lack of time. It is also concluded that the local politicians have different opinions when it comes to the administration affecting the political goals and visions. They all agree that the administration is indispensable in the exerting of political leadership, since they clarify and qualify political issues and solutions. It is further concluded that those of the local politicians who are part of the majority have better conditions for exerting political leadership. Moreover, it is concluded that a municipal council marked by consensus moderates centralization of the political leadership.
|Uddannelser||Offentlig Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||18 dec. 2014|
- Politisk lederskab
- Samarbejdsdrevet innovation