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Consultation or Contest: The Danger of Mixing Modes.

Bishop, Patrick and Kane, John (2002) Consultation or Contest: The Danger of Mixing Modes. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 61 (1). pp. 87-94. ISSN 1467-8500

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Abstract

This paper argues that public consultative procedures undertaken by governments or their public services sometimes go awry because of certain confusions as to the nature and purposes of consultation. One of the most important of these is a tendency to view consultation as an exercise in policy determination by the public rather than as public input into the representative democratic process whose ultimate use is to be defined by the elected decision-makers. The result of this confusion is a tendency to misunderstand or overestimate what public consultations can achieve, and a failure to make a distinction between occasions when such consultations are useful and occasions when they must give way to explicit political contest. Three levels of activity — the technical, the transactional and the political — are analytically distinguished along with the modes of action-response appropriate to each — in order to explain and clarify the nature of good consultative practice.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Public Administration
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Politics and International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 3239
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 13:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:09
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3239

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