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Partying and cocooning? no paradox for mayoral recruitment in Belgium

Kristof Steyvers (UGent) , Herwig Reynaert (UGent) , Thomas Block (UGent) and Tom Verhelst (UGent)
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This paper studies the role of partisanship in the road to the Belgian mayoralty. It confirms the expectation that most mayors have quite extensive party records prior to coming to office. Although different degrees of partisanship are thus relative, they tend to sort both internal and external effects. Mayors with a highly partisan background give a more active interpretation of their initial recruitment and get a head start in their political career. They also more frequently come from families that are deeply engaged in politics. In addition, they combine their own partisan experience with additional recruitment apprenticeships. Having held a function in a party and having experienced extensive party support make mayoral orientations more partisan in terms of task importance and exchange of views with party leaders.
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mayoral recruitment, Belgium, local government, POLITICAL RECRUITMENT, mayor, local party system

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Steyvers, Kristof, Herwig Reynaert, Thomas Block, and Tom Verhelst. 2010. “Partying and Cocooning? No Paradox for Mayoral Recruitment in Belgium.” Lex Localis-journal of Local Self-government 8 (3): 203–226.
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Steyvers, Kristof, Reynaert, H., Block, T., & Verhelst, T. (2010). Partying and cocooning? no paradox for mayoral recruitment in Belgium. LEX LOCALIS-JOURNAL OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT, 8(3), 203–226.
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Steyvers K, Reynaert H, Block T, Verhelst T. Partying and cocooning? no paradox for mayoral recruitment in Belgium. LEX LOCALIS-JOURNAL OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT. 2010;8(3):203–26.
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Steyvers, Kristof, Herwig Reynaert, Thomas Block, et al. “Partying and Cocooning? No Paradox for Mayoral Recruitment in Belgium.” LEX LOCALIS-JOURNAL OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT 8.3 (2010): 203–226. Print.
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  abstract     = {This paper studies the role of partisanship in the road to the Belgian mayoralty. It confirms the expectation that most mayors have quite extensive party records prior to coming to office. Although different degrees of partisanship are thus relative, they tend to sort both internal and external effects. Mayors with a highly partisan background give a more active interpretation of their initial recruitment and get a head start in their political career. They also more frequently come from families that are deeply engaged in politics. In addition, they combine their own partisan experience with additional recruitment apprenticeships. Having held a function in a party and having experienced extensive party support make mayoral  orientations more partisan in terms of task importance and exchange of views with party leaders.},
  author       = {Steyvers, Kristof and Reynaert, Herwig and Block, Thomas and Verhelst, Tom},
  issn         = {1581-5374},
  journal      = {LEX LOCALIS-JOURNAL OF LOCAL SELF-GOVERNMENT},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {203--226},
  title        = {Partying and cocooning? no paradox for mayoral recruitment in Belgium},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.4335/8.3.203-226(2010)},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2010},
}

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