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A Framework for city leadership in multilevel governance settings: the comparative contexts of Italy and the UK

Budd, Leslie and Sancino, Alessandro (2016). A Framework for city leadership in multilevel governance settings: the comparative contexts of Italy and the UK. Regional Studies, Regional Science, 3(1) pp. 129–145.

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This paper discusses the role of city leadership in the current multilevel governance settings and provides a conceptual framework for understanding the main elements of city leadership. Forms of political, managerial and civic leadership have been distinguished within city leadership and the main actors, structures, processes and followership
patterns are examined using Italy and the UK as starting points of
comparison. This comparative framework sheds a light on some common and different features in the city leadership patterns in Italy and the UK, such as the cross-cutting and multilayered administrative context for public service delivery; the common trend towards strengthening the executive side of political leadership rather
than the representative one; the growing relevance of forms of civic leadership as a trigger for creating public and social value and for enhancing the resilience of the territories. Main differences deal instead with the role of central government in defining the role of city leaders, where Italy seems to experience a return towards greater centralization and controls, and the UK is experiencing an opposite trend towards the
empowerment of local communities. Finally, the paper sets out some future directions for the research agenda on city leadership we are seeking to pursue.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: The Author(s)
ISSN: 2168-1376
Keywords: city leadership; multilevel governance; local government; civic leaders; public managers; mayors
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 45310
Depositing User: Alessandro Sancino
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2016 13:12
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 12:46
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