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Communicative Capacity: Public Encounters in Participatory Theory and Practice

Koen P.R. Bartels


Participatory democracy has become an unshakable norm and widespread practice. Nowadays, public professionals and citizens regularly encounter each other in participatory practice to address shared problems. But while the frequency, pace, and diversity of their public encounters has increased, communicating productively in participatory practice remains a challenging, fragile, and demanding undertaking that often runs astray. This book explores how citizens and public professionals communicate, why this is so difficult, and what could lead to more productive conversations. This done by compari ... More

Keywords: participatory democracy, public encounters, communication, community participation, neighbourhood governance, practice, interpretive research, grounded theory, narratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781447318507
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318507.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Koen P.R. Bartels, author
Bangor University