Institutional design for collective and holistic leadership

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The purpose of this paper is to study and assess the content, functioning and impact of institutional reforms aiming to enhance collective and holistic political leadership at the level of local government. The authors conduct a comparative case study of two Danish frontrunner municipalities drawing on relevant documents and qualitative interviews with both elected politicians and public administrators. The authors found that institutional design is effective in promoting collective and holistic political leadership at the local level, even if no formal design options are available and the municipalities have to invent their own designs. Support both from both councilors and administrators is paramount for successful implementation of local political leadership reforms.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Public Leadership
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)58-76
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

This article has revieved the disctinction 'Highly Commended', at the Emerald Literati Awards 2020


  • local democracy
  • reforms
  • political leadership
  • Political leadership
  • Institutional design
  • local government
  • Scandinavia

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