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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.

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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: Journal Item
ISSN: 0300-3930
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 3327
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:48
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