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Innovation in urban political leadership. Reflections on the introduction of a directly-elected mayor in Bristol, UK

Hambleton, Robin; Sweeting, David

Authors

David Sweeting david.sweeting@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

In May 2012, 10 of England's largest cities, outside London, were required to hold referendums giving citizens the option of introducing a directly-elected mayor. Bristol was the only city to vote in favour of the mayoral model. This paper outlines the main themes that feature in current debates about urban leadership. It presents a framework for understanding place-based leadership and, by drawing on a current researchproject on mayoral governance in Bristol, highlights the existence of very different perceptions of how to improve city leadership and democratic accountability. © 2014 CIPFA.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2014
Journal Public Money and Management
Print ISSN 0954-0962
Electronic ISSN 1467-9302
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 5
Pages 315-322
APA6 Citation Hambleton, R., & Sweeting, D. (2014). Innovation in urban political leadership. Reflections on the introduction of a directly-elected mayor in Bristol, UK. Public Money and Management, 34(5), 315-322. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2014.945793
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2014.945793
Keywords directly-elected mayors, leadership, urban governance
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2014.945793
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