iiBig shot or long shot? June 2011
In politics, a higher public prole grants mayors enhanced democratic power andinuence and increases accountability.A strong and effective mayor can also help cities navigate the complicated webof relationships with the new Local Enterprise Partnerships, Integrated TransportAuthorities and others. These relationships are important and potentially problematicwithout a central gure to marshal their strategy in pursuit of local growth objectives.If city mayors are to be a success, they need sufcient powers to support economicgrowth in their cities and make the changes to governance entirely worth theinvestment. And, where the local economy and local politics align, there is a strongcase for there also to be city-conurbation mayors, who span the footprint of theconurbation surrounding the major cities and have additional powers accordingly, asin Greater London.London, it should be noted, has had successful mayors not only for Greater London,but also for the large boroughs of Hackney, Lewisham and Newham. Tower Hamletshas just joined them.This report sets out how the mayoral model has the potential to overcome someof the barriers to growth that cities face. Mayors need to be focused on growth,bringing together a wide range of local partners to make the most of local economicassets and tailor policies to support local economic growth. And it highlights whatthis model should look like if it is to make most difference to local economies.The Centre for Cities and the Institute for Government will continue to work togetherto strengthen the evidence base, establish what can support a successful mayoralsystem at a local or metro scale and support cities to make the most of thisopportunity in enabling their local economies to grow.
Alexandra Jones Lord Adonis
Chief Executive DirectorCentre for Cities Institute for Government June 2011
“I city mayorsare to be asuccess, theyneed sucient powers to support economic growthin their cities andmake the changesto governanceentirely worth theinvestment”