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Steering, Not Rowing? an analysis of the political influence, the role perceptions, and the behavior of Swiss city councillors in different urban governance contexts


Plüss, Larissa (2014). Steering, Not Rowing? an analysis of the political influence, the role perceptions, and the behavior of Swiss city councillors in different urban governance contexts. Urban Affairs Review, 50(4):490-520.

Abstract

In today’s cities, councillors see themselves increasingly confronted with new forms of political steering focusing more on interaction than on hierarchical decision making and blurring the lines between the public and private spheres. By embedding the concept of governance in a new institutionalist framework, the article investigates the implications of new models of urban governance on the identity, the notion of democracy, the perceptions, and the role behavior of city councillors. It tests two rival hypotheses—an optimistic versus a pessimistic perspective on governance and democracy—and thereby draws on multilevel analyses of a comprehensive survey of all city councillors in Switzerland.

In today’s cities, councillors see themselves increasingly confronted with new forms of political steering focusing more on interaction than on hierarchical decision making and blurring the lines between the public and private spheres. By embedding the concept of governance in a new institutionalist framework, the article investigates the implications of new models of urban governance on the identity, the notion of democracy, the perceptions, and the role behavior of city councillors. It tests two rival hypotheses—an optimistic versus a pessimistic perspective on governance and democracy—and thereby draws on multilevel analyses of a comprehensive survey of all city councillors in Switzerland.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:urban governance, local democracy, city councillors
Language:English
Date:July 2014
Deposited On:11 Feb 2015 11:51
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:50
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1078-0874
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1078087413501636
Official URL:http://uar.sagepub.com/content/50/4/490.full.pdf+html
Related URLs:http://uar.sagepub.com/content/50/4.toc

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