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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 in New Zealand: the impact of intervening variables on enhanced governing capacity

Directly elected mayors in New Zealand: the impact of intervening variables on enhanced governing capacity

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(p.139) Nine Directly elected mayors in New Zealand: the impact of intervening variables on enhanced governing capacity
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Directly Elected Mayors in Urban Governance
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Christine Cheyne

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327011.003.0009

Recent legislative changes designed to strengthen the role of the mayor have been recently introduced in New Zealand. This chapter critically reviews the New Zealand model of local political leadership. In particular, it considers the drivers and implications of the legislative changes. It is argued that, while direct election of mayors is central to political accountability, there are significant mediating influences on the legitimacy and effectiveness of local political leadership. It is important therefore to consider broader constitutional and institutional features. Drawing on the New Zealand experience, I argue that three institutional/formal variables substantially influence the governing capacity of mayors: legislation and the constitutional status of local government, the public management framework, and the framework of central-local relations. In the case of those directly elected, features of the electoral system also shape governing capacity

Keywords:   directly elected mayors, urban governance, leadership, local government, New Zealand

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