Citizen participation and changing governance: cases of devolution in England

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.

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Keywords

politics, governance, devolution, consultation, public participation, democracy, local government

Citation

Prosser, B., Renwick, A., Giovannini, A., Sandford, M., Flinders, M., Jennings, W., Smith, G., Spada, P., Stoker, G., Ghose, K. (2017) Citizen participation and changing governance: cases of devolution in England. Policy & Politics, 45 (2), pp. 251-269

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Research Institute

Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)
Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)