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Citizen participation and changing governance: cases of devolution in England

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  • 1 University of Sheffield, UK/ Australian National University, Australia
  • | 2 University College London, UK
  • | 3 De Montfort University, UK
  • | 4 House of Commons, UK
  • | 5 University of Sheffield, UK
  • | 6 University of Southampton, UK
  • | 7 University of Westminster, UK
  • | 8 University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • | 9 University of Southampton, UK/ University of Canberra, Australia
  • | 10 Electoral Reform Society, UK
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The current process of devolving powers within England constitutes a significant change of governance arrangements. This process of devolution has been widely criticised for including insufficient consultation. This paper assesses whether that criticism is fair. Modifying Archon Fung’s framework for the analysis of public participation mechanisms, we begin by considering whether the depth of public engagement has been limited. Then, by comparing these consultation practices with other examples (including one we have ourselves trialled in pilot experiments), we find that deeper forms of public engagement would have been both possible (though at some financial cost) and productive.

  • 1 University of Sheffield, UK/ Australian National University, Australia
  • | 2 University College London, UK
  • | 3 De Montfort University, UK
  • | 4 House of Commons, UK
  • | 5 University of Sheffield, UK
  • | 6 University of Southampton, UK
  • | 7 University of Westminster, UK
  • | 8 University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • | 9 University of Southampton, UK/ University of Canberra, Australia
  • | 10 Electoral Reform Society, UK

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