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Public connection with local government: desires and frustrations of articulating local issues

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by Julie FreemanJulie Freeman, K McCallum
This paper provides an empirical account of public participation within an Australian local government context. It seeks to determine the ways civic discourse is articulated and how (if at all) this facilitates civic connection with local government. Through in-depth interviews and focus groups with local citizens from the Victorian municipality of the City of Casey, this paper explores citizens’ understandings, experiences and expectations in relation to participation with local government. Citizens conveyed a strong desire for engagement, as well as frustration that the local government is disinterested in civic input and fails to keep the community adequately informed. Participants suggested that this situation is creating both a sense of disconnection from government and civic reluctance to further engage in local political matters. These civic insights reveal a precarious state of local politics, and highlight the complexities and tensions in the relationship between local governments, citizens and democratic participation.

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Event

Emerging Issues in Communication Research and Policy. Conference (2013 : Canberra, A.C.T)

Pagination

137 - 148

Publisher

University of Canberra

Location

Canberra, A.C.T.

Place of publication

Canberra, A.C.T.

Start date

2013-11-18

End date

2013-11-19

ISBN-13

9781740883863

Language

eng

Publication classification

E Conference publication; E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2013, University of Canberra

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Freeman

Title of proceedings

NMRC 2013 : Proceedings of the Emerging Issues in Communication Research and Policy Conference

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