Thinking Futures: What difference do directly elected mayors make?

9 November 2015, 6.00 PM - 9 November 2015, 8.00 PM

Thinking Futures - The University of Bristol's Festival of Social Sciences and Law

PolicyBristol's first event as part of Thinking Futures 2015 featured a discussion on directed-elected Mayors. Interesting topics were debated including whether directly elected mayors make a difference, whether visible leadership translates to trust, how we keep mayors accountable and whether in fact we are witnessing 'devolution deception' - cuts and austerity hidden under the guise of minimal powers. Replay the action below!

Strengthening city leadership by introducing directly elected mayors is now firmly on the agenda in the UK. Several cities, including Bristol, Leicester, Liverpool, and London already have directly elected mayors. Manchester plans to introduce a ‘metro mayor’ in 2017, with the prospect of other cities to follow. Supporters claim that the mayoral model of governance can provide visible, accountable, and effective city leadership. Critics argue that the model can lead to an over centralisation of power, weakening the role of councillors, undermining confidence in local democracy. This event will see a panel of academics and policy-makers debate mayoral governance in English cities, and discuss the broader issues related to city leadership.

To view the whole Thinking Futures Programme 2015 click here:

This event is part of the 2015 Thinking Futures Festival. This event is kindly supported by the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.


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