Urban and Regional Research International

Local Elites, Political Capital and Democratic Development

Governing Leaders in Seven European Countries

Editors: Szücs, Stefan, Strömberg, Lars (Eds.)

  • Governing leaders in seven European countries

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This book helps to understand in which ways local governing elites are important for the success or failure of national democratic development. Although we know a great deal about the general importance of civil society and social capital for the development of sustainable democracy, we still know little about what specific local governing qualities or political capital that interact with democratic development. The collected data covers time series of surveys from between 15 to 30 political and administrative leaders in over a hundred middle-sized European and Eurasian cities. The study takes us across the 1980s and 1990s, going from cities in Sweden and the Netherlands - through the Baltic cities - to the cities of Belarus and Russia. The findings show the importance of local political capital based on commitments to core democratic values, informal governance networks, and the significance of initially connecting the community to global, non-economic relationships.

About the authors

Stefan Szücs, PhD. is a political scientist in the Department of Political Science and the Center for Public Sector Research (CEFOS), Göteborg University, Sweden.
Lars Strömberg is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and the Center for Public Sector Research (CEFOS), Göteborg University, Sweden.

Table of contents (2 chapters)

  • The Development of Democracy and Local Governance in Latvia

    Edvins Vanagas, Lilita Seimuskane, Inga Vilka

    Pages 173-201

  • Conclusion: Democracy Needs Local Political Capital

    Stefan Szücs Ph.D., Lars Strömberg

    Pages 315-333

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Local Elites, Political Capital and Democratic Development
Book Subtitle
Governing Leaders in Seven European Countries
Editors
  • Stefan Szücs
  • Lars Strömberg
Series Title
Urban and Regional Research International
Copyright
2006
Publisher
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Copyright Holder
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH, Wiesbaden
eBook ISBN
978-3-531-90110-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-531-90110-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
386
Number of Illustrations and Tables
124 b/w illustrations
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