Navigation – Plan du site
Leadership politics in the United Kingdom's local government

Bristol fashion ? Leadership and local politics in England and the power of democratically-elected mayors : an epiphenomenon or a national trend ?

Susan Finding
p. 85-100

Résumé

In 2012 Bristol, one of the top English cities, on a par with Manchester in terms of population, elected its first democratically-elected mayor. To lead its council, Bristol elected not a member of one of the traditional political parties, but George Ferguson, local businessman and political novice, leader and sole member of Bristol First, the localist party he founded. This paper will examine how local politics in Bristol have been influenced by the introduction of direct democracy in mayoral elections in England and whether the Bristol case is a blueprint demonstrating how local politics are independent from the national level and new leadership styles and issues or whether Bristol merely reflects the general trend in the sixteen remaining directly-elected city mayoralties.

Haut de page

Extrait du texte

Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en septembre 2018.

Plan

Introduction
Bristol as a blueprint for independent politics 
National v local government as a locus for power
Leadership and local politics
Conclusion

Aperçu du texte

Introduction

In 2012 Bristol, one of the top English cities, on a par with Manchester in terms of population, elected its first democratically-elected mayor. To lead its council, Bristol elected not a member of one of the traditional political parties, but George Ferguson, local businessman and political novice, leader and sole member of Bristol First, the localist party he founded. This paper will examine how local politics in Bristol have been influenced by the introduction of direct democracy in mayoral elections in England and whether the Bristol case is a blueprint demonstrating how local politics are independent from the national level and new leadership styles and issues or whether Bristol merely reflects the general trend in the sixteen remaining directly-elected city mayoralties.

In a previous paper, I asked whether there was a deficit or surfeit of democracy in the arrangements introducing democratically-elected mayors (DEMs) in Britain. I also set out a hypothesis that...

Haut de page

Pour citer cet article

Référence papier

Susan Finding, « Bristol fashion ? Leadership and local politics in England and the power of democratically-elected mayors : an epiphenomenon or a national trend ? », Observatoire de la société britannique, 20 | 2018, 85-100.

Référence électronique

Susan Finding, « Bristol fashion ? Leadership and local politics in England and the power of democratically-elected mayors : an epiphenomenon or a national trend ? », Observatoire de la société britannique [En ligne], 20 | 2018, mis en ligne le 01 septembre 2018, consulté le 23 avril 2018. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/osb/1994 ; DOI : 10.4000/osb.1994

Haut de page

Auteur

Susan Finding

Professeur de civilisation britannique à l'Université de Poitiers

Articles du même auteur

Haut de page

Droits d’auteur

Observatoire de la société britannique

Haut de page
  • Logo Université de Toulon
  • Logo Laboratoire Babel
  • OpenEdition Journals