This coming Monday (16 April) sees The Warwick Commission publishes its Summary Report on Elected Mayors and City Leadership. The Commission was established, in part, in response to claims that there is a lack of empirical evidence on the value of directly elected mayors. It is analysing the question: “What is the role of elected mayors in providing strategic leadership to cities?”
RJF Public Affairs conceived the idea for Warwick’s latest commission. We were appointed to provide administrative and communications support to the Commission as its Secretariat. RJF principals Kevin Johnson and Marc Reeves have supported the Commissioners and research team in developing the study over the last nine months.
In advance of the referenda on elected mayors in ten English cities on Thursday 3rd May 2012, the report contains a timely summary of its work to date and the Commission’s initial findings and recommendations. In particular, the report points to questions over lack of clarity on powers and suggests extending the boundaries beyond those city mayors which are proposed.
Warwick Commissions are charged with carrying out independent analysis of a particular issue with the goal of making practical and realistic recommendations about how to move it forward. The University aims to draw on its scholars, their expertise and their networks of professional contacts to address issues of global importance. The aim of the Commissions is to make thought provoking contributions to the debate, thereby assisting policymakers to find solutions to sometimes seemingly intractable problems.
To mark the launch of the report, RJF is organising a reception for The Warwick Commission at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS HA) in Westminster from 5.00pm on Monday.