Also, governance is both 'local' and 'international' and people are interested in both. Modern communications make it possible for people to belong to communities at all levels. Add to this the idea that power can be found in many different places, and we have a very difficult challenge for 'local' government if it sees its role as one of control.
The natural conclusion from all of this is that local democracy needs to be as fluid as the world it exists in.
Finlayson and Martin also reflect on the role of the local authority worker in the world of people swarms: