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From Parliamentarisation Towards Presidentialisation: Institutional Aspects of Local Political Leadership in Slovenia

Simona Kukovič / Marjan Brezovšek
Published Online: 2016-03-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/wps-2016-0003


In this paper, the authors analyse the institutional aspects of local governance. After the local government reforms, two main currents of change were created among European countries, namely the (quasi-) parliamentarisation administration systems committees, and (quasi-) presidentialisation through the form of elected mayors. Through an overview of the changes in the Slovenian local self-government in the last two decades, the authors determine a gradual transition from parliamentarism (with a relatively strong legislative body, municipal council) to the strengthening of the individual executive body (mayor), e.g. presidentialisation. By using the calculated index of mayoral strength, the authors conclude that according to the mayoral institutional power, the Slovenian system of local self-government is closer to the countries with (post) Napoleonic administrative tradition than to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Keywords: division of power; local political leadership; mayor; municipal council; power; reforms; Slovenia


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About the article

Corresponding author: Simona Kukovič, Assistant Professor and Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia, e-mail:

Published Online: 2016-03-25

Published in Print: 2016-04-01

Citation Information: World Political Science, Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 69–85, ISSN (Online) 2363-4782, ISSN (Print) 2363-4774, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/wps-2016-0003.

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