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.
Significant insights that are emerging from the Bristol Civic Leadership Project are contained in a short ‘Policy Briefing’, published via Policy Bristol.
The Briefing, written by David Sweeting (University of Bristol) and Robin Hambleton (University of the West of England, Bristol), shows a dramatic increase in the public visibility of civic leadership in the city. This increase in visibility, however, is not accompanied by similar increases in public perceptions of trust in the council, nor views about representation in decision-making in the city.
You can download the briefing here: BCLP Policy Briefing October 2014
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
The BBC is continuing to provide coverage of the imminent arrival of an elected mayor for Bristol. You can find the most recent piece on their website here, including comments from Robin Hambleton.
Robin also contributed to BBC Radio4’s World at One feature on the Bristol mayoral election (30th October). He points out the merits of making the more ambitious move to a metro mayor and notes the international trend towards elected mayors. You can listen here starting at 28m 05s.