Community, Cooperation and Metropolitan Democracy

“The discourse of local governance in Britain has placed heavy emphasis on the concept of community and the virtues of cooperation.  This paper looks at the origins of this discourse in the 19th century and the reasons for its revival at the end of the 20th century.  

It argues that there is a tension between the formal structures of representative local government and the desire to encourage community involvement. But it concludes that the increasing complexity is an inevitable consequence of the complexity of modern metropolitan life and that the problem is to ensure the legitimacy and accountability of the new structures created.”

P. Booth | 2010,,