Leading the localities

Executive mayors in English local governance

By Colin Copus

Leading the localities


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7187-4
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: February 2013
  • BIC Category: Politics, United States of America, USA, Regional / local / state government, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / Local, Society & social sciences / Politics & government


This book, now available in paperback, is the result of national research conducted amongst England's directly elected mayors and the councillors that serve alongside them. It is the first such major publication to assess the impact on local politics of this new office and fills a gap in our understanding of how the Local Government Act 2000 has influenced local governance. The book also draws from a range of research that has focused on elected mayors - in England and overseas - to set out how the powers, roles and responsibilities of mayors and mayoral councils would need to change if English local politics is to fundamentally reconnect with citizens. It not only explores how English elected mayors are currently operating, but how the office could develop and, as such, is a major contribution to the debate about the governance of the English localities.


Colin Copus is Senior Lecturer in Local Politics at the Institute of Local Government Studies, the University of Birmingham


1. Introduction
2. Mayors: a new form of local politics or a very English compromise
3. Local political leadership and mayoral government
4. Running the council or leading the community: a mayoral dichotomy
5. Democracy and representation: the rights of mayors
6. Elected mayors: a new style of English local politics?
7. The elected mayor: lessons from overseas
8. Councillors: a new and developing role or a diminished responsibility?
9. Conclusion

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