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Directly elected mayors in urban governance: impact and practice

Directly elected mayors in urban governance

David Sweeting has edited a wide-ranging, international book on directly elected mayors. Published by Policy Press in March 2017, under the title Directly elected mayors in urban governance: Impact and practice, this book draws on examples from Europe, the USA and Australasia to examine the impacts, practices and the lively debates about mayoral leadership in different cities and countries. The book advances international understanding of mayoral governance and contains several chapters discussing mayoral leadership in Bristol. To find out more click here.


Universities as place based leaders

Can universities be more active in contributing to civic leadership in the areas where they are located?  The Bristol Civic Leadership Project believes that they can, and Robin Hambleton wrote a short article for Times Higher Education on this topic.  Published on 3 November 2016, Public engagement 2.0: a university of the city, suggests that the new initiative by UK universities to encourage them to become more engaged with their local communities, known as Leading Places, can learn from the experiences of American public universities.  To view the article click here.

Talking about mayors

This week David joined Alex for the first of his Policy Unpacked podcasts. The discussion focused on elected mayors. You can listen to the discussion here.

Outputs appearing elsewhere

We’ve appeared in various places around the blogosphere over recent months talking about mayors, local government and local democracy.

Here’s a round up of some of our activity.  Continue reading

Back online

This site has been rather inactive since the publication of our Prospects report back in March. The members of the research team has nonetheless being thinking and writing about issues related to mayors and local government in a number of different forums and formats. Team members have also appeared in the media at various times.

We’ll start posting news of these various outputs here again.

First we’ll do a round up of recent outputs.

Prospects report launched

Our prospects report was launched on Friday at City Hall. Mayor Ferguson was present to offer his initial response to the findings.

The report can be downloaded from Our Publications page.

A brief news item in the Bristol Post, following on from the launch, can be found here.

The Prospects report is only the first part of our research. It found that many people in the city had high expectations of the move to Mayoral governance. One of our key aims is to follow up on the prospects study later in the year to see whether these expectations were borne out by experience.

Livetweeting the launch

Our Prospects report will be launched tomorrow afternoon at an event starting at 4pm. The report will then be available to download for free from our website.

For those who are not able to join us we will be livetweeting the launch from our twitter account –  @BrisCivLdrPrj – to the hashtag #bristolmayor.