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20:46 Apr 1, 2004
English to Romanian translations [Non-PRO] Social Sciences - Government / Politics / interest
English term or phrase:relationship
WHAT DO PEOPLE THINK ABOUT LOCAL GGOVERNMENTS?
2.1 Do People Care?
Is local government an institutional system that attracts citizens ’attention?Do they think it is
relevant in their everyday lives?Before we try to analyze public opinion,let us try to answer what
local authorities feel about public involvement in their core activities.
In 1997,over 500 mayors responded to a questionnaire 1 in which they were asked to what extent
citizens are interested in local council activities.The answers were on a five-point scale from “not
interested at all ”to “very interested ”.The proportion of mayors who chose the two highest
scores (“interested ”or “very interested ”)was somewhat higher than those who said “they do not
care at all ” or were “very uninterested ” ((33%—“interested ”;22%—“none,or little interest ”).
There was also an interesting pattern of variation between local governments of different sizes.
A higher degree of interest was found in the smallest communities —especially high in communities
of up to 5 000 residents (44%“interested ”and only 18%“not interested ”).In larger local
governments,interest as perceived by mayors decreases,being the lowest in the group of commu-
nities between 20 000 –50 000,where the number of those not interested outscored the number
of those who were interested.In the largest cities,public interest again increased significantly,although it was still lower than in the smallest communities.This relationship is illustrated in
Figure 4.1 on a scale of one to five,where “3 ”represents an equal number of interested and