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Recent research: The micro-politics of deliberation: Case studies in public participation

Barnes, Marian; Knops, Andrew; Newman, Janet; Sullivan, Helen


Marian Barnes

Andrew Knops

Janet Newman

Helen Sullivan


The contemporary emphasis on public participation in policy making derives both from concerns to increase the legitimacy of public decision making and to develop more dialogic forms of governance, and from more 'bottom-up' action intended to ensure that the voices of those excluded from policy making are heard. This has resulted in diverse forms of participative practice, including forums in which social movement organizations meet officials, and forums initiated by officials to which 'the public' are invited. This article examines four case studies of participation, studied as part of research conducted in the ESRC Democracy and Participation programme. It focuses on a micro-level analysis of the dynamics of exchanges within such forums to question the capacity of such forums to generate alternative discourses within which policy problems can be defined and addressed. © 2004, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Barnes, M., Knops, A., Newman, J., & Sullivan, H. (2004). Recent research: The micro-politics of deliberation: Case studies in public participation. Contemporary Politics, 10(2), 93-110.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Journal Contemporary Politics
Print ISSN 1356-9775
Electronic ISSN 1469-3631
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Pages 93-110
Keywords micro-politics, deliberation, public participation
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