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.
In a new, international book Robin Hambleton examines the role of civic leadership in fostering the creation of inclusive cities. The analysis presented in Leading the Inclusive City suggests that place-based leadership can make an important difference to the quality of life in a city, notwithstanding the pressures of global forces. Innovation Story 2 in the book, which draws on the Bristol Civic Leadership Project research, provides insights on the impact of the mayoral model of governance in Bristol. More information:
Far from being a positive example of decentralisation, Robin Hambleton argues that George Osborne’s proposals for ‘devo Manc’ are the latest example of ‘centralisation on steroids’.
You can read the argument in full on the LSE British Politics and Policy blog.
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.
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
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.
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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.