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A cultural history of the early modern Lord Mayor’s Show, 1585-1639

The London Lord Mayors' Shows were high-profile and lavish entertainments that were at the centre of the cultural life of the City of London in the early modern period. The Show was staged annually to celebrate the inauguration of the new Lord Mayor. The London mayoralty was not simply an entity of civic power, but always had its ritual and ceremonial dimensions. Pageantry was a feature of the day's entertainment. This book focuses on the social, cultural and economic contexts, in which the Shows were designed, presented and experienced, and explores the Shows in textual, historical, bibliographical, and archival and other contexts. It highlights the often-overlooked roles of the artificer and those other craftsmen who contributed so valuably to the day's entertainment. The Show was the concern of the Great Twelve livery companies from the ranks of one of which the Lord Mayor was elected. The book discusses, inter alia, the actors' roles, the props, music and costumes used during the Show and looks at how important emblems and imagery were to these productions. Pageant writers and artificers took advantage of the space available to them just as dramatists did on the professional stage. From 1585 onwards the Lord Mayor's Show was with increasing frequency transmitted from event to text in the form of short pamphlets produced in print runs ranging from 200 to 800 copies. The book also demonstrates the ways in which the Shows engaged with the changing socio-economic scene of London and with court and city politics.

Colin Copus

, transparent and accountable local political leadership, how that concept relates to local politics needs to be articulated. Much of our current understanding of political leadership comes from research in the US, particularly among elected mayors. In the 1970s Kotter and Lawrence explored mayoral political leadership and found that it displayed itself in distinct behavioural patterns, whereby individual mayors would focus on aspects of leadership, either policy setting or policy implementation, or focus on the management of the servicedelivering bureaucracy.11 Kotter and

in Leading the localities
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A new and developing role or a diminished responsibility?
Colin Copus

8 Councillors: a new and developing role or a diminished responsibility? Introduction The arrival of mayoral politics in England changes the structure and dynamics of political decision-making and strikes at the very nature of what it means to be a councillor on an English local authority. It demands a new approach from councillors to representation and governing locally, and a new set of relationships with citizens and the party. It also demands that councillors now become a vital element of the processes of political accountability, rather than retaining the

in Leading the localities
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Colin Copus

been adopted only in Stoke; all the other mayors fit the first option outlined above, and the second option is outside the focus of the book.) In creating a carefully structured and limited approach to the three executive options open to local councils and citizens, the government had missed an opportunity to allow councils to borrow ideas about mayoral political leadership from overseas.30 The notion of consent A vital element of the introduction of the mayoral political executive into English local government is the notion of consent. That is, before an elected mayor

in Leading the localities
A mayoral dichotomy
Colin Copus

4 Running the council or leading the community? A mayoral dichotomy Introduction As we saw in the last chapter, three factors affect the development of the roles and responsibilities of the English directly elected mayor: first, the separation of powers at the local level; second, mayoral political focus; and third, the mayoral dichotomy between political leadership of a locality and the running of a service-based bureaucracy. The mayoral dichotomy arises because governance and organisational concerns represent two distinct demands on mayoral attention. They are

in Leading the localities
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Colin Copus

arrival of an elected mayor. The distinct mayoral political power as it currently stands quite simply boils down to the ability of the mayor, enshrined within the Act, to select a cabinet and to allocate portfolios to cabinet members, a power also open to council leaders if the council so decides. English mayors, if they are to make a difference, need political power. Moreover, mayors should be granted a role that extends beyond the council, because of the direct mandate received; the power of the council leader, by contrast, should be reduced in comparison with that

in Leading the localities
The post-9/ 11 global security regime and the securitization of civil society
Richard McNeil- Willson
Scott N. Romaniuk

-terror physicalities. The Strong Cities Network (SCN) ( 2019 ), launched by the non-governmental organization (NGO), Institute of Strategic Dialogue, in the UK in 2015, for instance, brings together a network of mayors, political actors, and frontline teams from more than 120 cities across the world. Determining cities to be “on the frontline of building resilience to violent radicalisation,” it aims to tackle “polarisation

in Counter-terrorism and civil society
Extremism and the ‘politics of mutual envy’ in Nigeria?
Akinyemi Oyawale

, engage in politics of envy to demonise and suppress dissent and challenges to their authority and legitimacy. Non-state actors, mainly al Qaida, ISIS and Boko Haram, have reciprocated this practice in what can best be understood as politics of mutual envy. The Piper and the Mayor, politics of mutual ‘envy’ The envious gaze which the state casts on Boko Haram is astounding, i.e., as an entity that can be reckless without repercussions, be ruthless without sanctions, be ‘legitimate’ without responsibility, even if it is at the cost of being labelled enemy combatants

in Encountering extremism
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Ayca Arkilic

should play an essential role in German politics. Why don’t we have mayors, political party leaders and lobby groups in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium? Why don’t we have more representatives in the European Parliament? … Despite their smaller population, some groups are able to pressure their host states through their lobby power. Why can’t we do the

in Diaspora diplomacy
Political and contemporary contexts of the Shows
Tracey Hill

Bolles a ‘Sabbatarian’, and there is an anecdote that, immediately after the publication of James’s Book of Sports, he allegedly intervened to stop the royal retinue in its progress through the City on a Sunday, during church services.138 She also argues that the 1613 Show Political and contemporary contexts 315 too was ‘evidently tailor-made to suit [Sir Thomas Middleton’s] personality and interests’.139 The phrase ‘tailor-made’ is an oversimplification, however, and her potentially reductive approach to the relationships between mayoral politics and Middleton’s own

in Pageantry and power