Public participation

Kathryn S. Quick, John M Bryson

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Public participation in governance involves the direct or indirect involvement of stakeholders in decision-making about policies, plans or programs in which they have an interest. This chapter explores the theories illuminating key concerns: what constitutes legitimate and useful public participation; the relationships among diversity, representation and inclusion; the appropriate influence of different kinds of knowledge; and how to align participation methods and contexts. We describe two areas needing additional theoretical development: what levels of participation are desirable and workable; and the threats and opportunities for participation posed by increasingly diffuse systems of governance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook on Theories of Governance
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781800371972
ISBN (Print)9781800371965
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

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