Robin Hambleton comments on lessons from Bristol for other cities in England. First published on the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) website on 31 March 2015 he suggests that the centralisation of power in Whitehall is holding cities back.
Councillor Richard Kemp has recently blogged on his concerns that the governance of Liverpool has deteriorated since the move to an Elected Mayor. The post is entitled: Is Liverpool becoming a banana republic?
His post reinforces the importance of thinking about the Mayoral model not simply in terms of role of the Elected Mayor but in terms of the whole complex of institutions in which the Mayor is embedded, and with which the Mayor has to operate. Weak institutions – lacking strong checks and balances – open the way for Mayors to operate in an unaccountable and non-transparent manner.