Democracy can flourish in many different ways. It is presently evolving as fresh demands for and practices of participation fall in with and challenge the representative process.

Our work has found that arguments between participation and representation prove sterile when we see how they can work together in processes of everyday democracy. Our recommendations here seek to weave the two together in service of a richer participatory democracy, well-anchored in more legitimate representation and effective management. Democracy can flourish in many different ways. It is presently evolving as fresh demands for and practices of participation fall in with and challenge the representative process.

This report draws on the Young Foundation’s research with local authorities around England to explore how neighbourhood governance can underpin the wider system of local democracy in the future. It was updated in September 2010.

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Posted on: 4 July 2006

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