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Directly Elected Mayors vs. Council Appointed Mayors – Which Effects on Local Government Systems? A Comparison between Italy and Spain

García García, María Jesús and Sancino, Alessandro (2016). Directly Elected Mayors vs. Council Appointed Mayors – Which Effects on Local Government Systems? A Comparison between Italy and Spain. In: Sadioglu, Ugur and Dede, Kadir eds. Theoretical Foundations and Discussions on the Reformation Process in Local Governments. Information Science Reference - IGI Global, pp. 288–303.

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This chapter compares the Italian and the Spanish case discussing the influence of having elected or appointed mayors on local government systems. Five elements of the local government systems are compared: the electoral system and its influences on the political composition of the local government; the local government structure and the distribution of functions and powers between Mayor and council; the role of political parties; scrutiny of executive and accountability; citizen participation. Our comparative analysis highlights that overall directly elected mayors have ensured better efficiency in terms of quicker and faster decision making processes, even if mostly at the expenses of democratic representation. Having direct or appointed mayors also impacted on accountability and legitimacy patterns. However, all these effects depended not only on the way mayor is elected, but mostly on other mechanisms, such as, for example, the strong majority prize provided by the electoral law and the bond of coexistence existing between the mayor and the council.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2016 IGI Global
ISBN: 1-5225-0317-X, 978-1-5225-0317-0
Extra Information: Posted by permission of the publisher.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Citizenship and Governance
Item ID: 52949
Depositing User: Alessandro Sancino
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 10:43
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 19:08
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