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The need to reduce the distance between elected representatives of a city and the people is a big question modern democracy has not been able to resolve.

Today a vote is not enough. They demand a different horizon - where representatives can re-alize their own political action, and where citizens do not leave the management of the processes of government to the elite. It is needed the restoration of the essence of civil society and the quality of the processes of formation of public opinion in favor of common good.

Therefore there is a need for more democratic relations - that are rich in content and long-term. So which roads will lead to this journey?

By citizens:
• Vote after a thorough assessment and informing oneself; after looking for the greatest possible good of the civil community. Reject vote trading and favoritism, choose only on the basis of good reasons that are universal and not per-sonal or group related.

• Accompany the candidate from the begining of his election campaign and offer shared ideals and thoughts in the construction of his/her programme.

• Take the initiative and claim regular appointments were those who have been elected may explain their choices. Citizens should inform themselves and verify issues and decisions, offer experiences and ideas, communicate dissent and opposition.

• Give opportunities to new groups demonstrating local commitment, and use information resources offered also by political parties, trade unions, professional groups, and research centres.

• Towards the end of the mandate, assess not only on the basis of future projects, but also the programs and decisions made.

By candidates and / or representatives:

• Accept control by the citizens, research new cooperative dynamics, suggest places and listening tools, information and participation.

• Open decisions to developments, audits and fixes, putting the common good above special interests of the party.

• Value the skills and experience of those living in the territories and operate in associations, the professions, the resources of the young and the old, the new citizens.

• Decide with full responsibility and “without a binding mandate” and, at the same time aim to express the values and ideals that are represent the community guidelines.

• Use with the utmost fairness and transparency public money and ensure transparency through detailed reports on its use.

These are responses from citizens and politicians in Buenos Aires (Argentina) , Palermo ( Italy ) , São Paulo ( Brazil) , Strasbourg ( France) , Solingen (Germany ), Budapest ( Hungary) , Medellin (Colombia) , Douala (Cameroon) , Beirut (Lebanon) ... keen  to experience a direct and continuous relationship between elected and electors.


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