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How best to open up local democracy? A randomised experiment to encourage contested elections and greater representativeness in English parish councils

How best to open up local democracy? A randomised experiment to encourage contested elections and greater representativeness in English parish councils
How best to open up local democracy? A randomised experiment to encourage contested elections and greater representativeness in English parish councils
Interventions aimed at increasing the supply and representativeness of elected officials range from facilitative to the formally authorised. This paper reports on a field experiment aimed at testing the effect of facilitative approaches at the local level based on a collaboration between parish councils and the research team. We randomly allocated 818 parish council clerks across five counties in Southern England, either to receive information and the opportunity for member training for recruitment, or not to receive this contact. We investigated the effect of this intervention on political recruitment. Despite evidence of an effect on use of social media, our results suggest that there are significant institutional and structural barriers to participation in local politics that cannot easily be overcome using facilitative measures.
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Ryan, Matthew, Stoker, Gerard, John, Peter, Moseley, Alice, James, Oliver, Richardson, Liz and Vannoni, Matia (2018) How best to open up local democracy? A randomised experiment to encourage contested elections and greater representativeness in English parish councils. Local Government Studies, 44 (6), 766-787. (doi:10.1080/03003930.2018.1473769).

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Abstract

Interventions aimed at increasing the supply and representativeness of elected officials range from facilitative to the formally authorised. This paper reports on a field experiment aimed at testing the effect of facilitative approaches at the local level based on a collaboration between parish councils and the research team. We randomly allocated 818 parish council clerks across five counties in Southern England, either to receive information and the opportunity for member training for recruitment, or not to receive this contact. We investigated the effect of this intervention on political recruitment. Despite evidence of an effect on use of social media, our results suggest that there are significant institutional and structural barriers to participation in local politics that cannot easily be overcome using facilitative measures.

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Accepted/In Press date: 27 April 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 July 2018
Published date: 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 420459
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/420459
ISSN: 0300-3930
PURE UUID: e8bfd482-402b-48d3-b850-1b3688d05c7f
ORCID for Matthew Ryan: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8693-5063
ORCID for Gerard Stoker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8172-3395

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Date deposited: 08 May 2018 16:30
Last modified: 05 Jul 2022 01:42

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Author: Matthew Ryan ORCID iD
Author: Gerard Stoker ORCID iD
Author: Peter John
Author: Alice Moseley
Author: Oliver James
Author: Liz Richardson
Author: Matia Vannoni

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