“The Right Man for Bristol” Gender, Representation and the Mayor of Bristol

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In 2012 Bristol voted in a referendum for a new power structure – the introduction of a directly
elected Mayor. However, at the close of nominations 14 of the 15 candidates standing for Mayor were men, and 14 of the 15 candidates were white. Early promises that a mayoral model would provide a revolution in the way our city is run, together with improved legitimacy and accountability, begin to look misguided against this backdrop.
This report argues that the power-brokers of the City of Bristol are routinely overlooking people from certain demographic groups by maintaining a preference for keeping power within one particular demographic (white, middle-aged, middle-class men) to the detriment of all. Using factual data and survey data, supplemented with fourteen interviews with some of the city’s key players, the report considers what is lost for the city and what might be gained by a radical programme of
inclusion. The recommendations stem from what the nterviewees considered the three crucial blockages to participation for women and other under-represented groups within the current setup: Caring, Cash, and Culture.
Original languageEnglish
TypeReport for Fawcett Society
Media of outputWebsite
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship


  • Mayoral elections
  • Bristol
  • gender and politics

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