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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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Embracing social responsibilities through local leadership: comparing the experience of the mayors of Bristol and Liverpool

Embracing social responsibilities through local leadership: comparing the experience of the mayors of Bristol and Liverpool

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(p.85) Six Embracing social responsibilities through local leadership: comparing the experience of the mayors of Bristol and Liverpool
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Directly Elected Mayors in Urban Governance
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Nasrul Ismail

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327011.003.0006

This chapter analyses the extent to which the notion of social responsibility through leadership has been embraced by Bristol and Liverpool mayors, as the only elected mayors in England’s core cities, operationalised through the broad framing principles of accountability, integrity, dependability, and authenticity. At the macro level, whilst the Localism Act 2011 enables the mayors to deliver authentic solutions during times of austerity, there is no sense of real devolution of powers from Whitehall, or in the risk-averse provisions under the Public Sector (Social Value) Act 2012. At the meso level, the discussion pivots around the transformation of mayoral relationships with non-state actors, from co-production of the public services to co-determination of the local decision-making. At the micro level, socially responsible leadership has been theorised from the citizens’ viewpoint, including matters such as paving the way, inspiring a shared vision, and challenging the status quo.

Keywords:   directly elected mayors, urban governance, leadership, local government, social responsibility

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