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Overview: Local governments - potentially the most important day to day real-world users of innovative participatory approaches (PLA 44)
This paper poses the question of why local governments, whose main role is to represent their constituents, have been so slow in the uptake of participatory techniques? Drawing on examples from the other articles in this special edition, the authors provide an excellent introduction to the key issues in both developed and lesser-developed countries.
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This article was published in PLA 44: Local Government and Participation (June 2002).
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