The IPPR have published their paper arguing that the government should make directly elected mayors a compulsory part English urban local government.
Our own Steve Bullock gets a brief mention:
The mayor of Lewisham, Steve Bullock, has successfully brought together different agencies to develop a particularly effective local strategic partnership (Dhillon 2006).
The case is essentially that the mayors we have already have a pretty good track record and secondly that creating more of them might persuade central government to devolve more power down.
Introducing more elected mayors would constitute an important break from the centralised system of governance that prevails in England, and would most likely unleash further devolutionary momentum. Mayors represent a potentially important means of reanimating local democracy, of improving the leadership of England’s urban places, and providing a sufficiently legitimate and robust system of leadership for the centre to feel able to devolve greater decision-making powers to local government.