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Diagnosing and remedying the failings of official participation schemes: the CLEAR framework

Diagnosing and remedying the failings of official participation schemes: the CLEAR framework
Diagnosing and remedying the failings of official participation schemes: the CLEAR framework
Drawing on extensive research, the article proposes a diagnostic tool for assessing official schemes to encourage participation and discusses remedial measures that might be taken to tackle problems. According to the CLEAR framework, people participate when they can: when they have the resources necessary to make their argument. People participate when they feel part of something: they like to participate because it is central to their sense of identity. They participate when they are enabled to do so by an infrastructure of civic networks and organisations. People participate when they are directly asked for their opinion. Finally, people participate when they experience the system they are seeking to influence as responsive.
1474-7464
281-291
Lowndes, Vivien
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Pratchett, Lawrence
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Stoker, Gerry
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Lowndes, Vivien, Pratchett, Lawrence and Stoker, Gerry (2006) Diagnosing and remedying the failings of official participation schemes: the CLEAR framework Social Policy and Society, 5, (2), pp. 281-291. (doi:10.1017/S1474746405002988).

Lowndes, Vivien, Pratchett, Lawrence and Stoker, Gerry (2006) Diagnosing and remedying the failings of official participation schemes: the CLEAR framework Social Policy and Society, 5, (2), pp. 281-291. (doi:10.1017/S1474746405002988).

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Drawing on extensive research, the article proposes a diagnostic tool for assessing official schemes to encourage participation and discusses remedial measures that might be taken to tackle problems. According to the CLEAR framework, people participate when they can: when they have the resources necessary to make their argument. People participate when they feel part of something: they like to participate because it is central to their sense of identity. They participate when they are enabled to do so by an infrastructure of civic networks and organisations. People participate when they are directly asked for their opinion. Finally, people participate when they experience the system they are seeking to influence as responsive.

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Published date: April 2006

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Local EPrints ID: 47357
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/47357
ISSN: 1474-7464
PURE UUID: 1f2c140f-dc10-41f8-a21b-bb97426872d6

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Date deposited: 01 Aug 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:04

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Author: Vivien Lowndes
Author: Lawrence Pratchett
Author: Gerry Stoker

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