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The Mayor and his Partners: From a Core-Periphery System to Multi-Level Governance

In the past, mayors formed a homogeneous group, united by a similar system of bilateral and vertical relationships with a dominant partner, the State. These relationships were typical of the asymmetrical core- periphery rapports predominant in the so-called “Napoleonic” systems of local government. For the mayors, they implied a juridical subordination to the center, but also a greater access to that center, in particular through the holding of several mandates. This relational system has collapsed and given way to a new one which is more multilateral, and in which the State has lost the monopoly of relationships with the mayors. This new system is part of what the specialists of the European Union have called multi-level governance. It is much more open, pluralistic, but at the same time more prone to logics of differentiation and inequality in the allocation of resources. The large urban centers and their mayor-presidents are the biggest winners of this emerging system.


Référence électonique : Gilles PINSON, "The Mayor and his Partners: From a Core-Periphery System to Multi-Level Governance", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°148, 148 - Le Maire, p.95-111 . Consulté le 2022-01-23 13:49:53 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-Mayor-and-his-Partners-From-a.html