Group for Conceptual Politics

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The Group for Conceptual Politics (GCP) from Novi Sad is a non-governmental association founded to achieve the interest in the area of development of self-management, democracy and new politics of citizens' associations in Serbia and beyond. GKP seeks to actualize the self-management politics in terms of encouraging citizens to autonomous political self-organization and to directly participate in governance and decision-making in matters of common and public interest in local communities. These processes include communication with local government institutions, and one of the most important goals of the GCP is the organization of work on the revitalization of local community offices in Novi Sad, as the highest forms of administration in the local communities in Novi Sad, since Novi Sad is a completely centralized town with only two municipalities, and as such is the largest municipality in Europe. In addition to organizing a large number of forums, lectures, discussions and "Public Assembly of Tenants" with citizens in the local community offices in Novi Sad, the GCP with its neighbors has on several occasions organized the citizens' assemblies – institutions of direct participation of citizens in the work of the local community and its offices – by which several problems have been solved that citizens face. Thus, the GCP encourages citizens to initiate by law prescribed instruments of their direct involvement in local self-government bodies, such as peoples' initiatives and citizens' assemblies. At this point, the GCP is struggling with citizens to establish the principle of openess of local community offices in Novi Sad because free participation of citizens and initiatives has been stopped by the party's usurpation of these local self-management institutions. In short, the GCP stands for a politics that is on the side of people. (2018)