Power, Participation and Political Renewal: Theoretical Perspectives on Public Participation under New Labour in Britain

Marian Barnes, Janet Newman, Helen Sullivan

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    Abstract

    This article discusses the contribution of a study of public participation in two English cities to the theorization of the relationship between policy context and local action, the conceptualization of "publics" who get involved, and the micropolitics of deliberation within participative forums. It addresses these issues within the particular context provided by the discourses of the New Labour government in the United Kingdom but relates this to broader theorization of the way institutional rules and norms shape access, agenda setting, and modes of deliberation, of the mobilization of collective action within social movements, and of the relationship between styles of exchange and the legitimation of contributions to a process of citizen/official dialogue.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)267-279pp
    JournalSocial Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society
    Volume11
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

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