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Power, participation and political renewalCase studies in public participation$
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Marian Barnes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346681

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346681.001.0001

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Shaping public participation: public bodies and their publics

Shaping public participation: public bodies and their publics

(p.53) Four Shaping public participation: public bodies and their publics
Power, participation and political renewal

Marian Barnes

Janet Newman

Helen Sullivan

Policy Press

This chapter presents several questions that inform the analysis of specific case studies of public participation that are discussed in later chapters. Questions drawn from new institutional theory focus on the importance of studying how the rules and norms of deliberative practice are developed, negotiated, and contested within forums, and with what consequences. In opening up questions about how the ‘public’ of public participation is socially constructed and discursively constituted, the chapter emphasises the importance of post-structuralist understandings of power. It discusses the 17 case studies of public participation, drawing on the issues introduced in previous chapters to analyse and explain the results.

Keywords:   public participation, institutional theory, power, forums, deliberative practice

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