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Participative democracy in municipal governance: Managing politics and navigating change

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Trull, Andrew and de Guerre, Donald W. and Séguin, Daniel and Pace, Alicia (2009) Participative democracy in municipal governance: Managing politics and navigating change. Project Report. Centre for Human Relations & Community Studies, Montreal. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

As one part of a larger project exploring participative democratic forms of municipal governance, this paper will
report an organizational intervention designed to create a more collaborative, participative democratic city
management. A Directors Working Conference (DWC) designed to empower city managers is examined through a
series of follow‐up interviews with participating managers. A total of 10 interviews were conducted, transcribed and
coded to synthesize the most common themes. Included is a discussion of the external and internal challenges facing
city managers in the current, turbulent socio‐ecological environment.

Divisions:Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Authors:Trull, Andrew and de Guerre, Donald W. and Séguin, Daniel and Pace, Alicia
Corporate Authors:Centre for Human Relations & Community Studies
Institution:Concordia University
Program:Centre for Human Relations & Community Studies
Date:15 May 2009
Funders:
  • Centre for Human Relations & Community Studies
Keywords:Participative Democracy, Strategic Planning, Organization Design, Open Systems Theory, Municipalities
ID Code:6432
Deposited By:ROSEMARY REILLY
Deposited On:20 Nov 2009 15:00
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 18:51
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Additional Information:This action research project was conducted in partnership with a major municipality in Ontario and members of the Centre for Human Relations & Community Studies of Concordia University.
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