A groundbreaking study of the New England town meeting reveals that meetings with small attendance provide effective superintendence of town affairs. Zimmerman provides a new conception of town meeting democracy by emphasizing the role of committees in offsetting special interest groups and the availability of two safety values--open access to all voters and the initiative to add articles to the warrant and the calling of special meetings to reconsider decisions made at the preceding meeting.
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