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Reconnecting and extending the research agenda on children’s participation: mutual incentives and the participation chain

Alan Prout, Richard Simmons and Johnston Birchall

in Children, young people and social inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.003.0005
Reconnecting and extending the research agenda on children’s participation: mutual incentives and the participation chain

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The emergence of participation as a theme in public service governance has attracted a good deal of research attention. This chapter focuses on two linked theoretical frameworks that have emerged from this body of work and suggests that they can make a useful contribution to developing the research agenda on children's participation. The first of these, mutual incentives theory (MIT), concerns the motivations of people to participate. It focuses on whether their motivations are primarily individual or collective. The second, the concept of the participation chain, recognises that knowledge of people's motivations is not enough. It extends MIT by looking at how the different components that make up the process of participation are linked together.

Keywords: social participation; public service governance; mutual incentives theory; participation chain

Chapter.  8883 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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