Co-Optation

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Co-Optation

 

the bringing of new members into an elected collegial body through that body’s decision, without holding additional elections. As a rule the co-optation is subsequently confirmed at a general meeting of the organization as a whole.

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We believe the new structure and our increased ability to co-opt experts will allow us to deliver a swift, informed and effect voice on behalf of members.
ROA chief executive Michael Harris said: "We can't change the election at this stage, so we'll operate with one fewer council member, unless we decide to co-opt someone.
In a telling example, the authors argue that the greatest threat posed to countries in the Middle East may well be that e-government makes governments more efficient, thus reducing patronage jobs through-which tyrants can co-opt their subjects.
Locke's treatise style - deliberative, reasonable, abstract - is examined as a product of the volatile times: an attempt to co-opt the valuable polemical rhetoric of "reason" and to speak of specific government affairs without inviting charges of treason.
The Commission shall have power to co-opt any person or agency to assist it in its deliberations, the notification said.
If the city council does not receive 10 requests from electors or would-be candidates who want to see a contest for the seat, then the community council can co-opt someone of their choice to fill the seat.
Beetle larvae that eat the new growth co-opt the nasty compounds to protect themselves.
He said: "If they can't co-opt parish councillors how can they start co-opting members of the public?
Knowing that the black church is the most influential institution in the African-American community, the religious right has launched an all-out battle to co-opt black clergy to their antigay cause.
The goal here is to co-opt workers before the recall, then let the chips fall.
APWG members, analysts and researchers have been reporting over the past year that worms and viruses heretofore used for online intramural vandalism among cracker groups were being retrofitted by phishers to co-opt Internet servers to drive their felonious enterprises.
Taken around the time of Cindy Sherman's earliest "Untitled Film Stills," 1977-80, the Erika pictures co-opt a range of photographic languages but evade an exacting typological survey.