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How councils can strengthen civic engagement

Hambleton, Robin


Elected local authorities provide civic spaces within which public discourse can take place. Given the rise in tensions within society the role of local authorities in enabling dialogue between those holding different views has increased. Inspired by a remarkable Bristol City Council meeting this article outlines three ways of enhancing citizen participation in local decision-making: 1) Creating new settings for dialogue; 2) Experimenting with existing council meetings; and 3) Strengthening the power of elected local authorities.


Hambleton, R. (2024). How councils can strengthen civic engagement. [Online article]

Digital Artefact Type Website Content
Acceptance Date Jan 4, 2024
Online Publication Date Jan 10, 2024
Publication Date Jan 10, 2024
Deposit Date Jan 22, 2024
Keywords participatory democracy; representative democracy; civic engagement
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