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Directly Elected Mayors in Urban GovernanceImpact and Practice$
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David Sweeting

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327011

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327011.001.0001

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Directly elected mayors: necessary but not sufficient to transform places? The case of Liverpool

Directly elected mayors: necessary but not sufficient to transform places? The case of Liverpool

Chapter:
(p.69) Five Directly elected mayors: necessary but not sufficient to transform places? The case of Liverpool
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Directly Elected Mayors in Urban Governance
Author(s):

Nicola Headlam

Paul Hepburn

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327011.003.0005

This chapter explores the introduction of a directly elected mayor in Liverpool. We draw on empirical data, including diary analysis and extensive elite interviewing, to explore the changes that mayoral leadership has brought about both in terms of the governing style of the leader, and in the context of the broader governance structures of the surrounding city region. We note that there does appear to be a change towards a more outward facing form of leadership introduced. However, we argue that such are the broader limits available to local actors in the Liverpool City Region, the impact of mayoral governance is limited. In short, we argue that, drawing on the case of Liverpool, mayors are necessary, but not in themselves sufficient to have a transformative impact on places.

Keywords:   directly elected mayors, urban governance, leadership, local government, Liverpool

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