January 2020, Year XII, n. 1
Dagur B. Eggertsson
The Mayor of the Politics of Daily Life
Telos: In Italy the Prime Minister is indicated by the Parliament. However, every time there are talks about changing the Constitution and go for a direct popular election, people use the expression ‘The Mayor of Italy’. This seems to imply that Mayors have more power to impact on their citizens’ everyday life even than the Head of the Government. Does this apply also to Iceland?
Dagur B. Eggertsson: Yes certainly. The services are much closer to the citizens than they are at a national level. Therefore, local politicians and especially mayors forge a closer relationship with their voters, which can be very rewarding. Each and every day you, as a citizen, come in some contact with our services at one point or another. Be it when picking up your child from pre-school or school; throwing garbage in the waste bin; applying for building permits, affordable housing or public works of all sorts ...more
PRIMOPIANOSCALAc is planning to continue its #SeriesOnMayors even in 2020, following up on a plot line started back in 2019. In this issue, we’ll be taking a look at a country way up north: Iceland. Our guest is Dagur B. Eggertsson, several times the mayor of Reykjavík. The main talking point of the interview is one that’s very dear to many Icelanders: participatory democracy. This isn’t the first time PRIMOPIANOSCALAc has ventured into the land of geysers to take a more in-depth look at this issue ...more