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    Mayoral governance in Bristol: has it made a difference?


    Sweeting, D & Hambleton, R, 2017, ‘Mayoral governance in Bristol: has it made a difference?’. in: David Sweeting (eds) Directly elected mayors in urban governance: Impact and practice. Policy Press, Bristol, pp. 19-34


    Bristol introduced a directly elected mayor model of governance in
    November 2012. This radical reform replaced the former system
    whereby the leader of the council was selected from among the 70
    elected councillors in the city. This chapter situates the Bristol reforms
    in context, introduces a new conceptual framework for understanding
    urban leadership, analyses the impact of the new system as recorded in
    before and after surveys of the views of citizens and civic leaders, and
    identifies themes emerging from the research on Bristol that could be
    of relevance to the wider international debate about how to improve
    the leadership of urban governance. The chapter draws on ongoing
    action research on urban governance in Bristol and the Bristol city
    region. However, the authors are also long-time residents of the city
    and have been active in debates about local democracy in the city
    for many years. The narrative is informed by this tacit knowledge of
    governance and community politics in the city as well as the hard data
    generated by systematic research on the mayoral model of governance.

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