Launched at the Old Council House, the original home of local government in Bristol on 10 September 2015, an in depth study of the impacts of mayoral governance in Bristol reveals many plus points.
Since the introduction of a directly elected mayor in November 2012 there has been an astonishing increase in the visibility of city leadership in Bristol. A survey of citizens shows that 24% thought that the city had visible city leadership in 2012 (before the mayoral model was introduced), a figure that soared to 69% in 2014.
But there are also downsides. Some feel that the mayoral model of governance centralises too much power in the mayor’s office, and public confidence in decision-making has not improved.
To view a Press Release about the research report click here: Press release on Governing Bristol Research Report
To read the full report, please click here: Impacts of mayoral governance in Bristol web version
The Bristol Civic Leadership Project is an ongoing study designed to discover whether introducing a mayoral model of governance makes a difference and to provide ideas on how to improve the performance of the mayoral model of governance.