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The future of mayoral governance and implications for city leadership

Policy product type: LGiU essential policy briefing

Published date: May 11, 2012

Author: David Marlow, LGiU associate

Issues covered:

  • city leadership
  • directly elected mayors
  • regeneration

In the aftermath of local elections and mayoral referendums on May 2012, there is a need to take stock of future prospects for mayoral governance in English Local Authorities, and also of the related implications of concurrent developments for city leadership.

This briefing:

gives a brief summary of the history of directly elected mayors in England
highlights recent assessments of mayoral governance
summarises the challenges local government now faces given the lack of consistent national policy towards mayoral governance and a coherent pattern as to how government wants it to develop
comments on the challenges and outlines considerations and strategic choices facing councils

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