Editor Almedina
Author(s) António Cândido Oliveira
Year 2005
Availability for sale
Synopsis

I – INTRODUCTION
1. Brief legal and historical perspective of local democracy
2. Local democracy and notions about it
3. Territorial organizational structure: the Portuguese case

II – THE CITIZENS: GENERAL PERSPECTIVE
1. The role of citizens in local democracy
2. The information
3. The debate
4. The decision
5. The removal of citizens from elected bodies

III – ELECTIONS AND LOCAL REFERENDATIONS: THE POWER OF CITIZENS
1. A) Elections
2. The right to elect and to be elected

Applications
3. Election Campaigns
4. Organization of the voting, voting and tabulation of results
5. B) Local Referendum
6. The object and the convening of the local referendum
7. Campaign, voting and results tabulation
8. The practice of local referendums in Portugal

IV – LOCAL DEMOCRACY SYSTEMS IN SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
1. An overview of local democracy systems in some countries: articulation between the deliberative body and the executive
2. France: an incomplete “parliamentary” system
3. Spain: the effective responsibility of the executive body before the elected assembly
4. Italy: a mixed system
5. England and Wales: from the assembly system the recent freedom of choice of new models
6. Belgium: an individual body appointed among elected bodies
7. The Netherlands: the “dualism” or the separation between the deliberative assembly and the collegial executive body
8. Germany: the recent direct election of the individual executive body
9. Significant aspects of these countries

V – THE PORTUGUESE SYSTEM OF LOCAL DEMOCRACY
1. Representative bodies: election, composition and relations
2. The problem of majorities in local authority bodies
3. The functioning of the organs and the relationship between them

VI – BRIEF CONCLUSION