communal councils

In order to unite disenfranchised parts of the City, the citizens of Los Angeles voted the Neighborhood Council system into the City Charter in 1999. The Neighborhood Councils have created a citywide community of volunteers, increasing civic participation and making government more responsive to local needs.
Communal councils were institutionalized by the Venezuelan government as part of an effort to decentralize decision-making to the local- and community-level. The Councils' are reflective of a wider program of increased popular participation and citizen consultation.
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