I am delighted to formally invite you to attend the launch of the Summary Report of the Third Warwick Commission.
Over the last few months, a group of expert commissioners and a research team at The University of Warwick have been looking at the question: What is the Role of Elected Mayors in Providing Strategic Leadership to Cities? In advance of the referenda on elected mayors in ten English Cities on Thursday 3rd May 2012, The Warwick Commission will present a timely summary of its work to date and our initial findings and recommendations.
We are aiming to give national and local politicians, policy makers and advisers, other stakeholders as well as the electorate access to a wide range of evidence to inform their views and decisions prior to the vote. As well as contributing to the debate in the lead up to the referenda, the Commission is also seeking to assist stakeholders of cities that choose the directly elected mayor model ahead of elections on 15th November 2012 and support those Mayors who come into office.
In the best traditions of intellectual discovery, 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 draws on its scholars, their expertise and 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.
Many commentators have cited the lack of empirical evidence on the subject of elected mayors and, in particular, whether such a model provides for more effective strategic leadership of cities. We have drawn on national and international experience and data to inform the debate.
At the event, Prof Keith Grint from Warwick Business School, who has led the research, will highlight the evidence and the Commission will also present its recommendations.
Tea and coffee will be served on arrival. After the presentation and questions, canapés and drinks will be served.
I do hope you are able to join the Commission.
Prof Wyn Grant
Chairman of The Third Warwick Commission
Elected Mayors and City Leadership
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The Warwick Commission
This is the third Warwick Commission established by the University of Warwick which aims to draw on the scholarly expertise of Warwick academics as well as practitioners and policy makers to address issues of global importance. In the best traditions of intellectual discovery, 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.