Knowing you, knowing me: revitalising local representative democracy
DEMOS Quarterly, 9, .
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Making democracy effective means finding new ways to involve the public in decision-making. Some instruments and mechanisms for doing this have been examined in previous work published by Demos. But most people have limited time, interest and capacity to engage in direct democracy. So we also need to reinvigorate local representative democracy. At regional, national and European levels, our representative structures are losing legitimacy and are perceived to be ineffective. This article examines the weaknesses of local democracy and suggests some remedies.
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