In today's democracy, many important decisions are and can only be made at the local level. Growing inequality, an aging population, crumbling infrastructure, all put pressures on municipal governments to react. And as a result, leaders of those municipal governments are becoming increasingly burdened and scrutinized. With this growing focus on the local level, Dr. Barber explains that cities can be the source of positive change and solutions for democracy in the future.
In his workshop, Barber will take participants through the ever growing responsibilities of local level authorities and bureaucracies and identify the challenges to success of local democracies. Does the solution to overburdening lie in increasing local budgets and greater municipal power? How will democracy work if power and resources are delegated to lower levels of government? What does the future of municipal democracy look like over the next 150 years?