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Democratic engagement can save money for local government

26. May 2010 – 12:24 by Anthony Zacharzewski

Two UK-based PEP-NET associates have collaborated on a white paper considering whether local government can save money through democratic engagement.

The paper, Democracy Pays, has been produced by the Democratic Society in association with Public-I Ltd., and looks at examples of cost-saving democratic innovations from the UK and the rest of the world.

Its conclusion is that democratic engagement, whether online or off, can produce significant savings through better targeting of services, and stronger oversight of public expenditure.

The paper can be download in PDF format (16 pages) here.