Redressing the trust deficit

Local governments and citizen engagement

Authored by: Jonathan Carr-West

The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138234727
eBook ISBN: 9781315306278
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315306278-20

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Abstract

Local government globally finds itself facing severe pressures both in its role as a delivery vehicle or public services and as a representative democratic institution. These simultaneous pressures create a need for greater participation of citizens in local governance and in the design and delivery of local services; simultaneously and paradoxically, these pressures make such participation harder to achieve. Local government therefore needs to invest in participatory methods as a way of rebuilding public trust.

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