Local democracy at the formal level
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This chapter focuses on the 'crisis of formal democracy' at the local level. It considers the decline of political parties in terms of membership, activism, resources and public regard. The chapter concentrates on the perceived problem of declining electoral turnout at the local level, together with a focus on potential remedies. It includes the introduction of proportional representation, all-postal ballots and electronic voting, together with other policy initiatives. The chapter focuses on the potential for directly elected mayors to reinvigorate local politics and democracy. The political party has the potential capacity to shape and invigorate local democracy. The chapter analyses the broader role of local authorities and councillors in shaping the agenda at the local level and supporting and facilitating civic engagement. Councillors were genuine community activists who could act as an important link between the needs and demands of local neighbourhoods and the broader responsibilities of the town hall.

Local democracy, civic engagement and community

From New Labour to the Big Society


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