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Title Empowering communities? : representation and participation in New Zealand's local government / edited by Jean Drage.

Published Wellington [N.Z.] : Victoria Universtiy Press, 2002.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit  320.80993 EMPO    AVAILABLE
Physical description 364 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-356) and index.
Contents 1. Introduction / Jean Drage -- 2. Evolution of the local government electoral process / Graham Bush -- 3. STV and local body elections: a mission probable? / Graham Bush -- 4. The local government triennial review process: what does it tell us about political representation? / Jean Drage -- 5. Local government and news / Judy McGregor, et al -- 6. Public involvement in local government in New Zealand: a historical account / Christine Cheyne -- 7. Involving citizens in local government: expanding the use of deliberative processes -- 8. Capturing the citizen's voice: the use of referenda by New Zealand local government / Margaret Cousins -- 9. Getting beyond 'consultation': the treaty challenge for local government / Janine Hayward -- 10. Submission-makers' perceptions of the annual plan process / Vicky Forgie -- 11. Working in partnership / Jo Lynch -- 12. Elector satisfaction guaranteed? / Victoria Crawford -- 13. Exploring the rhetoric of partnership: the dynamics of local government reform in New Zealand / Mike Reid.government.
Summary "In the last two decades local government has been significantly reshaped and refocused. The myriad of general and special purpose local authorities have become a greatly reduced number of district, city and regional councils. Legislation has placed a greater emphasis on planning and policy, financial accountability and transparency. Governance and management roles have been clearly separated and public participation processes implemented. This book discusses those changes under three headings: representation; participation; and ongoing reform. Contributions have come from both observers and participants in local government (from academics, to people involved in policy development or advocating on behalf of the sector, to those working at the coalface). They examine the ideas and the practices that are part of the everyday workings of local government and the policy debates that underpin the changes. But the book̕s specific focus is on how the changes impact on the way in which individuals participate in the process of government at community level.So what have these changes meant for our communities? Are they more empowered as a result? Are they likely to be in the future?" -- BOOK JACKET.
Other author Drage, Jean.
Subject Local government -- New Zealand.
Local government -- New Zealand -- Citizen participation.
Local government -- New Zealand -- Decision making.
Political participation -- New Zealand.
Representative government and representation -- New Zealand.
Local government -- Law and legislation -- New Zealand.
Administrative agencies -- New Zealand -- Reorganization.
Variant Title Representation and participation in New Zealand's local government.
ISBN 0864734379 (paperback) $39.95