Briefing: The future of mayoral governance and implications for city leadership

Policy product type
LGiU essential policy briefing
Published date
May 11, 2012
David Marlow, LGiU associate
Issues Covered
  • city leadership
  • directly elected mayors
  • regeneration
Devolution, Democracy, Scrutiny and Governance, Economy and Regeneration, On your radar, central government, Public Service Reform and Corporate Performance, Voluntary Sector and Community Engagement
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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.

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