Leading the combined authorities in England: A new future for elected mayors?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Money & Management
Issue number1
Early online date10 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020
Publication type

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This paper examines the initial experience of directly-elected mayors in the new combined authorities established in England. Do they have an innovative strategic leadership role for sub-national areas and provide a vehicle for effective public engagement, representing a new start for the hitherto faltering progress of the elected mayoral initiative? Alternatively, are the combined authority mayors just another policy failure in the uneven process of local government reform?