Revolutions in Local Democracy? Neighborhood Councils and Broadening Inclusion in the Local Political Process

19 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2010 Last revised: 13 Jan 2015

Matthew J. Parlow

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Date Written: November 29, 2010

Abstract

Political marginalization of minorities and government corruption are two key factors that have led to the overwhelming decline and decay of America’s major cities. Local governments must combat the historical entrenchment of these two evils in order to reverse the trend toward demise. Neighborhood councils may be the best structural changes to local government because they provide more meaningful opportunities for political engagement of minority groups, while also serving as an antidote to systemic corruption in local government. This Essay analyzes the problems plaguing local government in urban cities and explores how neighborhood councils may be able to help address them.

Keywords: Local Government, Minorities, Minority Groups, Corruption, Cities, Neighborhood Councils, Urban

Suggested Citation

Parlow, Matthew J., Revolutions in Local Democracy? Neighborhood Councils and Broadening Inclusion in the Local Political Process (November 29, 2010). Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Vol. 16, No.1, 2010 ; Marquette Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 10-44. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1719619

Matthew J. Parlow (Contact Author)

Chapman University, The Dale E. Fowler School of Law ( email )

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