Research Project

Beyond SW1: Elected mayors and the Renewal of Civic Leadership

May 2002 saw seven local authorities in England vote for their first Directly Elected Mayor, and with other places having voted ‘Yes’ in mayoral referenda on the issue they will be followed shortly by a further four. With executive mayors now part of the reality of local government in the UK, the debate is now moving on to questions about their capacity to truly make a difference to the communities they serve and their ability to deliver on behalf of the people to whom they are directly accountable. In short, how can mayors bring fresh and effective forms of leadership to our boroughs, towns and cities.

Bringing together experts from the fields of crime and social exclusion, education, health, transport and urban regeneration, this new collection of essays assesses the role to be played by directly elected mayors in the renewal of civic leadership. Taking a range of approaches, the essays include analysis of the international experiences of executive mayors in particular policy areas, observations of Ken Livingstone’s tenure as Mayor of Greater London and consideration of how the mayoral model, through its new representatives, might yet capture the broader imagination of politicians and the public at large.

Contributors include Rt. Hon. Peter Mandelson MP, Lord Richard Rogers, Professor Anne Power, Cllr. Katy Donnelly, Professor David Begg, Dr. Andrew Forster, Dr. Anna Coote and Professor Gerry Stoker.

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