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The Nature of Community Governance
The nature of community governance
Describing the Institution of Local Governance

A good place to begin an examination of the nature of community governance is to describe how it serves as an institution in our lives. An institution is a large and enduring set of practices that we accept, take for granted, because these practices are so familiar and so much a part of daily life. Philip Selznick wrote that, “a social form becomes institutionalized as, through growth and adaptation, it takes on a distinctive character or function, becomes a receptacle of vested interests, or is charged with meaning as a vehicle of personal satisfaction or aspiration” (1992, 233). Such a social form, because of this “distinctive character,” endures, lasts longer, than ...

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