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Citizens at the centre: Deliberative participation in healthcare decisions

Celia Davies


Involving citizens in policy-decision-making processes – deliberative democracy – has been a central goal of the Labour government since it came to power in 1997. But what happens when members of the public are drawn into unfamiliar debate, with unfamiliar others, in the unfamiliar world of policy making at national level? This book sets out to understand the contribution that citizens can realistically be expected to make. Drawing on the lessons from an ethnographic study of a public-involvement initiative in the health service – the Citizens Council of the National Institute for Clinical Exc ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, Labour government, policy making, Citizens Council, ethnographic study, public involvement, health service, NICE, deliberation, participatory initiatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9781861348029
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348029.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Celia Davies, author