oa South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences - Mechanisms to improve citizen participation in government and its administration
|Article Title||Mechanisms to improve citizen participation in government and its administration|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences|
|Affiliations||1 School for Public Administration and Management, University of Pretoria|
|Publication Date||Mar 2001|
|Pages||216 - 233|
|Keyword(s)||Administrative capacity, Administrative hierarchy, Citizen participation, Deliberation, Democracy, Democratization, Economics, Government administration, H 11, JEL, Literacy, Local government, Openness and Partnerships|
ISI Social Science
Citizen participation on any level of government is timeless. The dynamics and the relationships of citizen participation on all levels are unique, due to the fact that many problems and solutions have their roots in the activities of local government and its administration. Furthermore the extension of democracy to all spheres of society and to all tiers of the administrative hierarchy, have been a central theme of the democratisation process in South Africa. The notion of ""bringing the government to the people"" is important, not only in strengthening civil society, but also in mobilising the population to implement the programmes of reconstruction and development necessary to transform the civil society.
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