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Participation and social justice

Barnes Marian, Gell Colin and Thomas Pat

in Social policy review 22

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9781847427113
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303497 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427113.003.0012
Participation and social justice

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This chapter offers some conceptual frameworks that could contribute to facilitating the increased reflexivity on the part of service users and their movements advocated by Beresford. It considers the principles that (should) inform participatory approaches to governance and service delivery, and specifically, the principles underpinning the issue of who precisely is to participate. It explores the tensions between the principles of ‘local representation’ and ‘local knowledge’ — principles frequently and simultaneously in evidence in participatory processes of governance and service delivery. It examines the question of the consequences of participation and user involvement for social justice. It offers a framework for assessing the social justice outcomes of user involvement, drawing on a conceptualisation of social justice as both recognition and redistribution, and a distinction between ‘affirmative’ and ‘transformative’ recognition and redistributive policy strategies. It applies this framework to assessing whether and how the situation of people with mental health problems and carers has benefited from user involvement initiatives.

Keywords: participatory approaches; governance and service delivery; local representation; local knowledge; user involvement for social justice; recognition and redistribution; affirmative; transformative; mental health problems

Chapter.  8455 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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