English title: Engaging Citizens: Can Westminster coexist with meaningful citizen-centric engagement

Author(s): Gerry Stoker -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2013

Abstract

In this chapter I want to explore six topics. First, to recognise that with much of the discussion concerning ‘putting citizens first’ and embracing more meaningful forms of democracy, there is an inherent normative and developmental dimension. For me, the topic of citizen engagement is framed in the context of a significant scale of ‘anti-politics’ in the popular culture of many countries. Turning to solutions to this issue, I next argue the need to recognise that there is no such thing as an ‘average citizen’, and that we need to develop audits and tools that are capable of embracing the full diversity of communities. I will argue, furthermore, that because of the necessity of blending different factors, designing the right solution is likely to be a matter of judgment. Finally, I end with a plea to take democracy seriously.

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Anthology: Putting citizens first: Engagement in policy and service delivery for the 21st century

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