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Democratic learning: why not ?

01.11.2007 , Angela Munteanu 354

An important indicator of democratisation is the decentralisation of the public service. It is not just the division of the executive power into one of central and another of local level, it is also about the ability of the central authorities and of the civil society to engage and maintain a permanent dialogue over a common agenda. Such a dialogue helps to avoid the -˜corporatisation of public life by a populist and authoritarian power and produce the public services needed by the citizens. Regularly held, such dialogue is a good indicator of the societys degree of tolerance, democratic values and public trust.

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