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O'Connor, a Neo-Marxist, contends that individualist ethics in the USA became super high priced to the world's so much complicated capitalist society.

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The ‘influential councillor concept’ is an effort to strengthen the position of councillors as local leaders. This is done by making them mediators between the municipality and their wards and neighbourhoods. Little fundamental change was needed to realise this. The concept rests mainly on reasserting and strengthening the existing rights and position of councillors, aided by cultural change that is oriented to making them visible and known as influential actors, both to citizens as well as the local civil service.

Chapter three Tensions and New Connections between Participatory and Representative Democracy in Local Governance Arthur Edwards 1. Introduction Since the beginning of the 1990s, local authorities in many European countries have introduced new participatory forms of policy-making in an attempt to reverse perceived downward trends in political participation (Daemen and Schaap 2000; Akkerman, Hajer and Grin 2004; Zittel and Fuchs 2007). Such initiatives are marked by inherent tensions. The new arrangements should be set-up in such a way that they can address the alleged crisis of legitimacy in local democracy.

Annemarie Jorritsma, towards the project was also frequently mentioned. The general atmosphere in the interviews, among civil servants, councillors and representatives of the civil society, was benevolent. Although the Political Market has not (yet) led to a real increase of political participation, the relationship between citizens and the council has improved in quality. In addition, the Political Market also serves some other goals, like intensifying the contact between councillors through more frequent meetings, and making decision-making more efficient and less slow.

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