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:
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
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.
Bristol Fawcett Society has produced a valuable analysis of the structures of leadership and political power in Bristol.
14 out of 15 candidates for the role of Elected Mayor are men. 14 out of 15 candidates are white. This is indicative of a broader set of challenges associated with ensuring that the leadership of the city – not just political leadership but across key sectors and organisations – is truly representative.
You can read the report here.