The Urbanist

The power of the mayor

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6 May 2021

Episode 499

30 minutes


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With local elections in the UK this week and a mayoral race in New York later this year, we look at the role of local government and how it can actively change the lives of citizens for the better.

6 May 2021

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

UK local elections

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The past 18 months have highlighted the importance of local leadership – and of having a good city leader who stands up to the central government and defends their constituents. We speak to Akash Paun, a senior fellow at the Institute for Government.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

The role of the mayor

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Monocle’s editor in chief Andrew Tuck gives us his view on the task at hand for mayors around the world and why their job is so important.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

New York’s mayoral race

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Having maxed out his term limit, incumbent mayor Bill de Blasio is on the way out. But who will replace him? Monocle’s New York correspondent Henry Rees-Sheridan sent us this dispatch.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

The Urbanist’s inaugural mayoral quiz

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The Urbanist’s Andrew Tuck and Carlota Rebelo go head to head and compete in our inaugural mayoral quiz, hosted by the ebullient Nic Monisse. Only one can be crowned the winner!

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