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Included in governance? Children’s participation in ‘public’ decision making

E. Kay M. Tisdall and Robert Bell

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/9781861346629.003.0006
Included in governance? Children’s participation in ‘public’ decision making

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In the UK, discussions on children's participation have been largely separate from more generic debates that dominate the political and development studies literature. This chapter asks whether these literatures provide useful ways of understanding and challenging both policy and practice in children's participation in ‘public’ decision making. It considers the wider lenses of governance, ‘participatory governance’ and civil society. Two case studies represent attempts to involve children in ‘public’ decision making at a national, governmental level. They exemplify recent moves in UK governance, which challenge government machinery to be more ‘joined up’ and strategic and make public service users the focus. The case studies show that children's participation has a new place in how the civil service works.

Keywords: UK; children's participation; civil service; civil society; participatory governance

Chapter.  6184 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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