Votes and voices: the complementary nature of representative and participative democracy

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1 July 2008
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Social welfare
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This collection of essays, collated on behalf of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Local Government Association, aims to understand the many ways in which communities and groups in society organise themselves to come together, to represent, and to give voice to their views and concerns, through both civil and civic means. Together, these essays seek to present opportunities that are both practical and challenging and begin to offer new ideas and ways forward for the future of local relationships. These essays all recognise the need for both representative and participative forms of democracy locally. Both the Local Government Association and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations welcome the recent loosening of central government control, and believe this shift in dynamic has significantly changed the relationship between central government, local government and the voluntary and community sector.

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