Where are the Local Governments in the Checks and Balances?
Local government distributes the power concentrated at the center to smaller units. By doing this the state can function without becoming unwieldy and is internally controlled. Local government is like a bridge between the Central government and citizens. Those who govern a city, district or neighborhood are closer to the people who live there than to those who run the whole country: they have better understanding of the needs and find faster and more appropriate solutions to their problems. It is easier and more effective for citizens to negotiate their demands with a local voice. The primary and most appropriate stage for participating in governance and having a say in laws and policies is the local environment.
What Kind of Local Governments Do We Want?
More Authorized, Stronger Local Governments
The powers and resources of local governments within the unitary state structure should be strengthened. This should make it easier to provide citizens with quality services that meet their needs.
Local Governments Close to the Citizens
Citizens should have the space and means to participate in local governance and have a say in decisions. Citizens should have easy access to information about how the government is doing its job and should know complaints and suggestions will have an impact.
Local Governments Open to Inspection
There should be ways for local governments to be audited by both the central government and citizens. Administrators should work with an awareness of this responsibility.
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