Democracy and representation: the rights of mayors

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:
Democracy and representation: the rights of mayors

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This chapter explores the political power of the English elected mayor, how mayors have carved out a role for themselves locally and how they have operated within a framework set out in both legalisation and a written local constitution. It also theorises on direct election to executive political office. Liberal democracy has traditionally portrayed liberalism as a counterpoint to democracy. Certain political concerns are alleviated by indirect democracy. Indirect election of the executive acts as a safeguard against the voters doing the wrong thing. The constitution of Hartlepool council has granted the mayor an interesting ceremonial role to play. The direct election of an individual to local political executive office is the distinctive and defining feature of elected mayors. The direct election by the local voters of the political head of the council and the political leader of the community provides that politician with a clear mandate.

Keywords: political power; English elected mayor; local constitution; direct election; liberal democracy; indirect election; Hartlepool

Chapter.  9918 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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