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Abstract

Extract:

How do people in a small country town of, say, less than 500 people go about the business of making community decisions? What sort of things do they make decisions about? How do they work out who is to be the decision-maker? Is there a decisionmaking body and if so, how is it constituted? What processes and procedures does such a body employ so as to reach a decision? Is the decision-making body really the place where the community makes its choices, or are there ‘invisible’ structures where the real influence is wielded, such as Freemasons, or football and Rotary clubs?

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