However, their role has evolved since the 1980s with the trend toward involving communities more and more, particularly in local policy making. In addition, in many unitary systems, including that of the Philippines, the trend is to decentralize responsibility to the lower levels of government. Hence there is renewed interest in local governments worldwide.
Conceptualized by: Dr. Maria Ela Atienza (Professor and Chair), Asst. Prof. Jan Robert Go (Assistant Professor), and Herby Jireh Esmeralda (Research Assistant)
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