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Comparative analysis of complementarity of urban leadership and community involvement across Europe and beyond

This result is the most important of the PLUS results as it draws comparative conclusions on the basis of the 18 case studies carried out in nine countries. It identifies the pre-conditions of effective forms of complementarity of urban leadership and community involvement (CULCI) and identifies those conditions, which can be controlled by decision-makers and those, which cannot. In the end, it sets a benchmarking device, assisting municipal authorities to assess their own performance towards urban sustainability.

It includes an analysis of the context in which particular CULCIs have proven to be successful as there is no guarantee that successful practices in a particular place will be successful everywhere. The role of political leadership and community involvement in different social, political and cultural contexts is made clear by comparing the findings of the case studies.

The overarching academical results of the comparative analysis are presented in a book entitled Leadership and participation: lessons from sustainable cities.

The practical outcome is the production, dissemination and use of a guide on benchmarking institutional performance. This guide offers both results benchmarking, i.e. a comparison of the relative performance of different cities in two policy areas (economic competitiveness and social inclusion) and more importantly, a process benchmark, i.e. the identification of successful forms of complementarity of urban leadership and community involvement. On the basis of these benchmarks cities will be able to measure their performance, define their weaknesses and threats and identify areas for improvement.

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University of the West of England
University of the West of England, Coldharbour Lane
BS 16 1 QY Bristol
United Kingdom
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