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Celia Davies

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348029

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348029.001.0001

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The rise and rise of participation

The rise and rise of participation

(p.14) (p.15) One The rise and rise of participation
Citizens at the centre

Celia Davies

Margaret Wetherell

Elizabeth Barnett

Policy Press

This chapter offers an introduction to debates about democratic renewal and direct citizen participation as they are being played out in Great Britain in the early years of the twenty-first century. It discusses the notions of a more active citizenry, focusing on the way in which these have been developed by New Labour in its project of modernising governance and as seen by commentators and critics. The chapter also examines the legacy of separation between the National Health Service (NHS) and local government, and the history of attempts to infuse localism, service-user voices, and consumer responsiveness.

Keywords:   citizen participation, democratic renewal, Great Britain, New Labour, active citizenry, NHS, local government, localism, consumer responsiveness

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