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Whose Government is it?: The Renewal of State-Citizen Cooperation

Henry Tam


Civic disengagement has left us with a dangerous chasm between political institutions and the public. This book sets out why and how governments should reconnect with the citizens they serve, both for the sake of democratic legitimacy and public service improvement. It brings together a team of academic experts and public policy leaders to examine the pros and cons of different approaches to develop effective state-citizen cooperation. While there is a role for activities which are designed to bypass the state by leaving matters to private organisations, or pressurise it through lobbying or pr ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, citizenship education, civic disengagement, co production, civil renewal, community empowerment, participatory

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781529200980
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529200980.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Tam, editor

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Part One Why We Need State-Citizen Cooperation

5 The Road to Empowerment

Hazel Blears and David Blunkett

Part Two What is Required for Effective Engagement

Part Three How To Expand Our Civic Capability

11 Improving Citizenship Education

James Weinberg and Matthew Flinders

13 Promoting the ‘Take Part’ Approach

Marjorie Mayo, Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek and Carol Packham


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