Public engagement and deliberative designs

Robert Hoppe

in The governance of problems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303848 | DOI:
Public engagement and deliberative designs

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This chapter focuses on shifts in governance as gently nudging the governance system towards more deliberative and participatory modes of problem structuring. It elaborates on the notion of meta-governance as deliberate interpolable balancing through the alignment and transformation of institutions in policy networks. The chapter also analyses and evaluates modes of civic engagement. The first section shows that especially unstructured problems tend to be neglected or approached the wrong way. The second section discusses whether and to what extent this type of democratic deficit may be remedied. The third section discusses common problems in running deliberative-democratic experiments and the uptake of their outputs in normal, representative-democratic politics.

Keywords: governance system; governance shifts; problem structuring; meta-governance; policy networks; civic engagement

Chapter.  11300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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