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Debate: Researching directly elected mayors—key questions to address

Hambleton, Robin


The directly elected mayor model of governance is long established in many countries – for example, the USA and Japan. However, in some countries the model is fairly new. For example, in the UK there were no directly elected mayors until 2000 – that year the citizens of Greater London elected the first ever UK directly elected political executive. Since then the UK debate about whether or not directly elected mayors provide a good vehicle for local democratic leadership has tended to be conflicted and relatively fiery. Written at the invitation of the editors of Public Money and Management, this short Opinion article aims to encourage more research on various mayoral models. It identifies some research questions that should be addressed.


Hambleton, R. (2020). Debate: Researching directly elected mayors—key questions to address. Public Money and Management, 40(1),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 9, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 11, 2019
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Sep 17, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 12, 2021
Journal Public Money and Management
Print ISSN 0954-0962
Electronic ISSN 1467-9302
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 1
Keywords elected mayors; city leadership; local governance
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