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LegitimacyUndermining Governmental Legitimacy at the Grass Roots: The Role of Inflated Expectations of Community Accountability

Legitimacy: Undermining Governmental Legitimacy at the Grass Roots: The Role of Inflated... [Over the decades, the authors have been engaged as volunteers and mid-level operatives in Democratic Party politics in New York City, as well as community activists. To be effective, political and community activism requires moral compromises. Understatements, overstatements and misstatements are often used to accomplish objectives. At the micro-social level, personality, as well as personal interest, influences the actions of both activism and politics. At the macro-social level, societal-wide cultural values demand conformity by local actors. Pardo and Prato have noted ‘[a] key task of governance is to establish and nurture the connection with citizens’ values, needs and expectations, the strength of which depends upon the observable quality of the link between political responsibility and trust and authority in the exercise of power’ (Pardo and Prato, Introduction: Disconnected Governance and the Crisis of Legitimacy. In Citizenship and the Legitimacy of Governance in the Mediterranean Region, ed. I. Pardo and G.B. Prato, 1. Farnham: Ashgate (now published by Routledge), 2011).] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

LegitimacyUndermining Governmental Legitimacy at the Grass Roots: The Role of Inflated Expectations of Community Accountability

Editors: Pardo, Italo; Prato, Giuliana B.
Legitimacy — Oct 18, 2018

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
ISBN
978-3-319-96237-5
Pages
169 –192
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96238-2_8
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Over the decades, the authors have been engaged as volunteers and mid-level operatives in Democratic Party politics in New York City, as well as community activists. To be effective, political and community activism requires moral compromises. Understatements, overstatements and misstatements are often used to accomplish objectives. At the micro-social level, personality, as well as personal interest, influences the actions of both activism and politics. At the macro-social level, societal-wide cultural values demand conformity by local actors. Pardo and Prato have noted ‘[a] key task of governance is to establish and nurture the connection with citizens’ values, needs and expectations, the strength of which depends upon the observable quality of the link between political responsibility and trust and authority in the exercise of power’ (Pardo and Prato, Introduction: Disconnected Governance and the Crisis of Legitimacy. In Citizenship and the Legitimacy of Governance in the Mediterranean Region, ed. I. Pardo and G.B. Prato, 1. Farnham: Ashgate (now published by Routledge), 2011).]

Published: Oct 18, 2018

Keywords: Bike Lanes; Park Slope; District Community; Prospect Park; Traffic Calming

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