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Beyond Fear and Loathing
Author: Graeme Gibson

ISBN: 9780987319609
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1 August 2012
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2 x 1.2
This is a story of local politics and community activism. It's a true story, as objective as I can make it from my personal point of view, and I do have a point of view on the state of local democracy and the role of citizens in the decisions that affect them. More than just the local council, it's about a community and conflict fostered within a ruling mentality of divide and conquer. The story is one of disillusionment, disregard for fairness and civility, and the struggle for change. The story is specific to a location but it is universal. It is of a certain time-frame but it is timeless. Without doubt the events described - the absurd, the comic and the tragic - take place to a greater or lesser extent within the 560 Councils around the country. Self-interest, deal making and Machiavellian scheming are the high dramas of small town everyday life. A positive case for change in the way we do local democracy is presented, with community and council working together in partnership. A practical foundation for that change is outlined. No place like home sets the context and location of the story, before observations on local government in Unlovely and unloved. Althoug...

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