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Children, young people and social inclusionParticipation for what?$
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Kay Tisdall, John Davis, and Malcolm Hill

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346629

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.001.0001

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Included in governance? Children’s participation in ‘public’ decision making

Included in governance? Children’s participation in ‘public’ decision making

(p.102) (p.103) Six Included in governance? Children’s participation in ‘public’ decision making
Children, young people and social inclusion

E. Kay M. Tisdall

Robert Bell

Policy Press

In the UK, discussions on children's participation have been largely separate from more generic debates that dominate the political and development studies literature. This chapter asks whether these literatures provide useful ways of understanding and challenging both policy and practice in children's participation in ‘public’ decision making. It considers the wider lenses of governance, ‘participatory governance’ and civil society. Two case studies represent attempts to involve children in ‘public’ decision making at a national, governmental level. They exemplify recent moves in UK governance, which challenge government machinery to be more ‘joined up’ and strategic and make public service users the focus. The case studies show that children's participation has a new place in how the civil service works.

Keywords:   UK, children's participation, civil service, civil society, participatory governance

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