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Directly Elected Mayors in Urban Governance: Impact and Practice

David Sweeting


This book is about directly elected mayors; political leaders who are elected directly by citizens to head multi-functional local government authorities. The book examines the contexts, features and debates around the model, and how in practice political leadership is exercised through it. The book draws on examples from the Europe, the US, and Australasia to examine the impacts, practices, and debates of mayoral leadership in different cities and countries. Themes that recur throughout include the formal and informal powers that mayors exercise, their relationships with other actors in govern ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781447327011
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Sweeting, editor
University of Bristol

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One Introduction: directly elected mayors in urban governance

David Sweeting, University of Bristol, UK

Part I UK perspectives

Two Mayoral governance in Bristol: has it made a difference?

David Sweeting, University of Bristol, UK, and Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Four Do mayors make a difference? In their own words…

Howard Elcock, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Part II International perspectives

Seven The two worlds of elected mayors in the US: what type of mayor should cities choose?

James H. Svara, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US

Ten Directly elected mayors in Germany: leadership and institutional context

Björn Egner, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Eleven Breeding grounds for local independents, bonus for incumbents: directly elected mayors in Poland

Adam Gendźwiłł and Paweł Swianiewicz, University of Warsaw, Poland

Part III Comparative perspectives

Thirteen New and established mayoralties: lessons for local governance in constructing new political institutions – the English and Polish cases

Colin Copus, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, Alasdair Blair, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, Katarzyna Szmigiel-Rawska, University of Warsaw, Poland, and Michael Dadd, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Fourteen Directly elected mayors: a route to progressive urban leadership?

Robin Hambleton, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Fifteen Conclusions and reflections

David Sweeting, University of Bristol, UK

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