City Horizons: Benjamin Barber

What if mayors ruled the world?

We were delighted to host author of 'If Mayors Ruled the World', the late Benjamin Barber in London in June 2016.

Event starts at 5.45pm on 20 June 2016 at Warwick Business School, The Shard, 32 London Bridge Street, London SE1 9SG

We were delighted to welcome Dr Benjamin Barber, the late author of If Mayors Ruled the World in 2016 to reflect on how the imminent introduction of new, powerful, directly elected mayors into the UK’s highly centralised polity could be used to transform not only our cities, but also solve pressing national and international policy issues.

Today, UK cities are highly fragmented with almost all political or economic powers held at the national level. Outside of London, major conurbations are divided between multiple, small local authorities, with leadership selected indirectly by local councillors rather than by voters. In 2017, elections will see mayors take office for the first time to govern metropolitan areas of 2-3 million people. They will have new powers over transport, planning, skills and training, economic development, some local taxes and local law enforcement. Dr Barber will look at how cities can grasp this opportunity, and realise the potential these new civic leaders have to change the lives of their citizens.

Watch highlights from Benjamin Barber's fascinating talk on a new era of mayors.

Listen to audio from the event in full

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