Published: 20th Mar 2020

The introduction of a directly elected mayor in Bristol in 2012 has ‘unnecessarily restricted’ the role of councillors, but visible city leadership has increased, according to research by UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol. Researchers compared people’s views about the quality of city governance in Bristol in 2012, before Bristol had a directly elected mayor, with current views about the strengths and weaknesses of the mayoral model. There has also been a small decline in the number of citizens believing that they can influence decisions made in the city. The proportion feeling this way dropped from 27% in 2012 to 23% in 2018. It’s not all bad news, however, and the research shows that the introduction of mayoral governance in Bristol has given a significant boost to the visibility of city leadership. In 2012 24% of citizens thought that the city had visible city leadership. By 2018 this figure had … (To read the full article, subscribe below)