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Mayors and the Representation of Urban Politics

Mayors and the representation of urban politics
Donald McNeill

Introduction

Mayors occupy an enigmatic position within accounts of urban politics. By its nature the institution of mayor underlines the significance of an individualized agent, chosen directly as an executive leader by the electorate, or else indirectly voted into office by elected councillors, usually representing the dominant political party. Whichever route is chosen, it should be apparent that mayors will tend to be individuals with the political skills to unite diverse party factions, or else appeal to a broad cross-section of the urban electorate.

While many accounts of mayoral governance, particularly in the political science literature, tend to focus on the mayoralty as an institution, my preference here is to consider the ...

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