Mayors: a new form of local politics or a very English compromise?

Colin Copus

in Leading the Localities

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780719071867
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701379 | DOI:
Mayors: a new form of local politics or a very English compromise?

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This chapter examines the arrival of the elected mayor within English local government through referendums and subsequent elections. It considers the powers of the elected mayor in England and compares them with those of the council leader. The referendum campaigns and results show that despite the power of local political parties, a strong, well resourced and organised independent campaign can succeed against the local political elite. Voters used the elections either to signal discontent with the local political elite or to support its regime and policies. England's elected mayors are required by law to appoint a member of the council as a deputy mayor; the mayor can also dismiss that individual. The elected mayors in England have resources which can be used to develop the influence attached to the office. They have neither the power nor the political resources to face adequately the complex array of governing pressures they experience.

Keywords: elected mayor; English local government; referendums; elections; powers; council leader; England; local political parties

Chapter.  10956 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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