Refers to the increased importance of democratic forms at the local level; local institutional changes that have begun to widen the process of democratization and the municipal level.
(Stren, Richard. 2001. "Urban Governance and Politics in a Global Context: The Growing Importance of Localities." Facets of Globalization. International and Local Dimensions of Development, edited by Shahid Yusuf, Simon Evenett and Weiping Wu, 147-170. Washington, DC: World Bank.)