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Citizen participation and neighbourhood governance : analysing democratic practice.

Farrelly, Michael (2009) Citizen participation and neighbourhood governance : analysing democratic practice. Local Government Studies, 35 (4). pp. 387-400. ISSN 1743-9388

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Abstract

From the late 1990s the New Labour government implemented changes to local government and, within the context of a discourse of ‘democratic renewal’, also introduced neighbourhood-based participatory Forums. In this paper, a framework is set out for analysing the democratic effectiveness of Area Forums. This framework sees Area Forums as novel social practice entailing interaction and assesses them against normative characteristics for an effective democratic public sphere; the analysis is applied to a case study of Area Forums in a small English city and finds them lacking in this respect. Aspects of Area Forums may even present barriers to effective participation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Local Government Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 34039
Deposited By: Dr Michael Farrelly
Deposited On: 18 Aug 2010 09:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:32
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/34039

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