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Local governance and local democracy: The Barcelona model

Blakeley, Georgina (2005) Local governance and local democracy: The Barcelona model. Local Government Studies, 31 (2). pp. 149-165. ISSN 0300-3930

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Using Barcelona as a case study, this article examines the relationship between local governance and local democracy. It begins with the terms of the debate and continues by identifying the context in which a particular model of governance arose in Barcelona. The article then looks at the extent to which governance fosters democracy, by strengthening the role of civil society organisations in government and creating new spaces of deliberation between the state and the citizenry. The final section examines the limitations of Barcelona's model of local governance in enhancing local democracy. The key finding is that the predominant role of the local council in facilitating citizen participation has as many strengths as it has weaknesses. In short, when participation becomes public policy it becomes a double-edged sword

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Catherine Parker
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2008 12:53
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 10:39


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