Advocates: Interest groups, civil society organisations and democratic innovation

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    Advocates are important partners in democratic reform. They can provide civil skills, mobilise citizens, agitate decision-makers, and promote social change. Greater consideration needs to be given to how they can be more productively engaged in the design, practice and thinking about democratic innovations. This chapter argued, requires conceptualising democratic innovation beyond discrete participatory forums. There is great capacity to innovate in the activities of advocacy; in how advocates mobilise citizens, and engage in public debate more broadly.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
    Editors Stephen Elstub & Oliver Escobar
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    ISBN (Print)978 1 78643 385 5
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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