En dan ben je burgemeester (And now you’re the mayor)
- Theo Camps and Mirjam van 't Veld
- Utrecht: Berenschot, 2011
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The book ‘En dan ben je burgemeester (And now you're the mayor)' sheds light on the complexities of being mayor. When a mayor first takes up his/her post, it's impossible for him/her to assess whether his/her personal baggage suits the new duties. Although every new mayor obviously prepares for the task, everything is new and he/she only has one chance to choose an approach and make a first impression.
The book uses a twofold approach: the mayor's story followed by an analysis aimed at placing this story in a broader context. The key aspects of the mayor's role are thus reviewed, ranging from application and the first hundred days to his relationship with the Council and the Municipal Executive, from the work-life balance to the political seasons, and the mayor's role in crisis situations.
All in all ‘En dan ben je burgemeester (And now you're the mayor)' provides great insight into the experiences of Mirjam van 't Veld, in 2008 the youngest mayor appointed in the Netherlands and in 2011 acting Mayor of the Municipality of Stichtse Vecht. The experiences described in the book and the reflections on them by Theo Camps, Chairman of Berenschot's Executive Board and Professor of Organisation and Public Administration Science at TiasNimbas Business School of Tilburg University make this a valuable publication for anyone interested in local public administration.