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Citizen participation and changing governance: cases of devolution in England

Prosser, Brenton, Renwick, Alan, Giovannini, Arianna, Sandford, Mark, Flinders, Matthew, Jennings, Will, Smith, Graham, Spada, Paolo, Stoker, Gerry and Ghose, Katie (2017) Citizen participation and changing governance: cases of devolution in England Policy & Politics, 45, (2), pp. 251-269. (doi:10.1332/030557317X14895974141213).

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The current process of devolving powers within England constitutes a significant change of governance arrangements. This process of devolution has been widely criticised for including insufficient consultation. This paper assesses whether that criticism is fair. Modifying Archon Fung’s framework for the analysis of public participation mechanisms, we begin by considering whether the depth of public engagement has been limited. Then, by comparing these consultation practices with other examples (including one we have ourselves trialled in pilot experiments), we find that deeper forms of public engagement would have been both possible (though at some financial cost) and productive.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 February 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 April 2017
Published date: April 2017
Organisations: Politics & International Relations


Local EPrints ID: 405787
ISSN: 0305-5736
PURE UUID: 84a82387-9e52-4c7b-a26a-0582d0d6ae4a

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Date deposited: 18 Feb 2017 00:21
Last modified: 11 Sep 2017 16:32

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Author: Brenton Prosser
Author: Alan Renwick
Author: Arianna Giovannini
Author: Mark Sandford
Author: Matthew Flinders
Author: Will Jennings
Author: Graham Smith
Author: Paolo Spada
Author: Gerry Stoker
Author: Katie Ghose

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