Mayor: The Strongest Player in Slovenian Local Government?

No.3(2012)

Abstract
The paper analyses the position and role of the mayor in the Slovenian system of local self-government. This role has changed significantly since the communist times, and even since the mid-1990s, when Slovenia re-introduced the system of local self-government. We track these changes and analyse them in this paper. Our theoretical anchor is the work by Mouritzen and Svara (2002), in which they categorise ideal-type models of executive government at the sub-national levels of government and the relations inside the executive. Using data gathered in 2011 and 2012 in a majority of Slovenian municipalities, we analyse the governing of the mayor and try to ascertain the extent to which it depends on the political parties that constitute municipal councils, on the municipal administration, and also on the institutional framework within which municipal governments function.

Keywords:
Slovenia; local self-government; municipality; relations; mayor; municipal council; director of municipal administration
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