How strong is the Mayor of London?

David Sweeting*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article addresses the question 'How strong is the Mayor of London?' from two perspectives: the distinction between 'strong' and 'weak' mayors that emerged from American urban political analysis; and the strength of mayors outside the formal confines of their office in governance. It is argued that, while the Mayor of London is strong in the Greater London Authority, he is weak in London governance, as the Mayor has limited local autonomy,is heavily reliant on central government for funding, has no party connections, and as yet he has not harnessed latent governmental or non-governmental capacity in London.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-478
Number of pages14
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2003

Bibliographical note

Publisher: The Policy Press


  • Greater London Authority (GLA)
  • Local governance
  • London
  • Mayor

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