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Imagining Regulation Differently: Co-creating for Engagement

Morag McDermont, Tim Cole, Janet Newman, and Angela Piccini


There is an urgent need to rethink relationships between systems of government and those who are ‘governed’. This book explores ways of rethinking those relationships by bringing communities normally excluded from decision-making to centre stage to experiment with new methods of regulating for engagement. Using original, co-produced research, the book innovatively explores how we can better use a ‘bottom-up’ approach to design regulatory regimes that recognise the capabilities of communities at the margins and powerfully support the knowledge, passions and creativity of citizens. The book prov ... More

Keywords: regulatory systems, marginal communities, knowledge, passion, creativity, systems of government, regulatory regimes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447348016
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447348016.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morag McDermont, editor
University of Bristol

Tim Cole, editor
University of Bristol

Janet Newman, editor
The Open University

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2 Co-production as experimentation: the research forum as method

Sue Cohen, Tim Cole, Morag McDermont and Angela Piccini


Helen Thomas-Hughes

4 Regulating for ‘care-ful’ knowledge production: researching older people, isolation and loneliness

Helen Manchester, Jenny Barke and the Productive Margins Collective

5 Who gets to decide what’s in my fridge? Principles for transforming the ‘invisible rules’ shaping the regulation of food habits in urban spaces

Naomi Millner, Sue Cohen, Tim Cole, Kitty Webster, Heidi Andrews, Makala Cheung, Penny Evans, Annie Oliver and the Food Working Group, as part of the Productive Margins programme

6 Life Chances: thinking with art to generate new understandings of low-income situations

Debbie Watson, Sue Cohen, Nathan Evans, Marilyn Howard, Moestak Hussein, Sophie Mellor, Angela Piccini and Simon Poulter

8 Regulating engagement through dissent

Greg Leo Bond, Daniel Balla, Ari Cantwell and Brendan Tate Wistreich

10 Conclusion: Towards an organic model of regulating for engagement

Bronwen Morgan, Morag McDermont and Martin Innes


Janet Newman

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