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Access to Public Discourse

Julian Rivers

in The Law of Organized Religions

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226108
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226108.003.0010
Access to Public Discourse

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The engagement of organized religions in the processing of public information, consultation, and dialogue is an important part of their public presence. This chapter considers first formal representation in the House of Lords, together with a century of failed attempts to broaden this to other religious representatives. Less well known are recent initiatives to set up national, regional, and local multi-faith forums to consult with government. The regulation of religious broadcasting also shows a shift from a model in which a representative body sought to control their allotted time, to much more diverse provision. This has also been accompanied by institutional change. The contrast between the House of Lords and other forms of access to public discourse shows that strict uniformity of representation is an obstacle to engagement.

Keywords: discourse; information; consultation; representation; House of Lords; multi-faith forums; religious broadcasting; public engagement

Chapter.  12812 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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