Local Elites in Western Democracies: A Comparative Analysis of Urban Political Leaders in the United States, Sweden, and the Netherlands
What kinds of leadership do we have today in the cities of the U.S. and other Western democracies? At a time of widespread urban crisis, with worsening social and economic conditions and shrinking resources, the character of local leadership is a major concern. Because local leaders' decisions affect the lives of most people more immediately than those of presidents or monarchs, we need to know who these leaders are, what they believe in, what they do, and how effective their actions are in community problem-solving. Through an extensive and original comparative analysis of mayors, council members, department heads, and party leaders in 55 middle-sized cities, this internationally renowned author team gives us a clear, candid picture of our leaders' political and social backgrounds, their perceptions of problems, their political values, and their past and current experience in mobilizing support for their policies. Anyone concerned about "the problem of the cities" on a global scale will find here unique urban profiles that are both disturbing and reassuring. And for all who are interested in democratic theory-testing, this book provides a benchmark of empirical and normative analysis.
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Local Elites In Western Democracies: A Comparative Analysis Of Urban ...
Samuel J Eldersveld
Begränsad förhandsgranskning - 2019
active age cohorts American analysis Average basic bureaucrats Cities Cities Cities citizen participation class backgrounds community groups comparative conflict perceptions considerable contact patterns contrast correlations council democracies democratic differences in elite economic egalitarianism economic equality effective action effectiveness of action Eldersveld election elite concern elite contact elite influence elite perceptions elite political elite values elites report Europe European evaluations explain extent factors hierarchic important interest groups leadership Left less level of elite municipal national elites partisan party affiliation party dominance party leaders policy areas political conflict political culture politicians and administrators Pols population position power to act pressures on elites problem perceptions question relationship relevant reveal role scores social class subgroup analysis subgroups Swedish elites Swedish leaders system differences Table three countries three systems tion U.S. and Sweden U.S. cities U.S. Sweden Netherlands unemployment value orientations value scale variables variations vary