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Would more mayors would be a good thing for England? Not necessarily

Does England need more mayors? Yes, say Michael Kenny and the IPPR’s Guy Lodge, writing in Prospect, pointing to the success of mayors in reinvigorating and improving the performance of local democracy in the small number of local authorities in which they have been adopted. And the politicians, it seems, are listening. Communities secretary Hazel Blears recently extolled the virtues of mayors, and various press reports suggest that Labour may include support for more mayors in its next election manifesto.

Believe the hype and the case for more mayors seems pretty clear-cut. Delve a little deeper, however, and the case…

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