New PDF release: The New England Town Meeting: Democracy in Action

By Joseph F. Zimmerman

In this groundbreaking examine, Zimmerman explores the city assembly type of executive in all New England states. This finished paintings is predicated seriously upon surveys of city officials and voters, interviews, and mastery of the scattered writing at the topic. Zimmerman reveals that the stereotypes of the recent England open city assembly complicated via its critics are a major distortion of fact. He indicates that voter superintendence of city affairs has confirmed to be potent, and there's no empirical facts that hundreds of thousands of small cities and towns with elected councils are ruled greater. while the particularly small voter attendance means that curiosity teams can keep watch over city conferences, their impression has been offset successfully via the improvement of city advisory committees, relatively the finance committee and the making plans board, that are potent counterbalances to strain groups.

Zimmerman presents a brand new belief of city assembly democracy, positing that the assembly is a de facto consultant legislative physique with protection valves―open entry to all electorate and the initiative so as to add articles to the warrant, and the calling of precise conferences to re-evaluate judgements made on the previous city assembly. And, as Zimmerman issues out, a 3rd security valve―the protest referendum―can be followed by way of a city meeting.

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