Citizen participation and changing governance: Cases of devolution in England

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

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    Abstract

    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)251-269
    Number of pages19
    JournalPolicy and Politics: an international journal
    Volume45
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

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