Shaping public participation: public bodies and their publics

Marian Barnes, Janet Newman and Helen Sullivan

in Power, participation and political renewal

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9781861346681
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303053 | DOI:
Shaping public participation: public bodies and their publics

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This chapter presents several questions that inform the analysis of specific case studies of public participation that are discussed in later chapters. Questions drawn from new institutional theory focus on the importance of studying how the rules and norms of deliberative practice are developed, negotiated, and contested within forums, and with what consequences. In opening up questions about how the ‘public’ of public participation is socially constructed and discursively constituted, the chapter emphasises the importance of post-structuralist understandings of power. It discusses the 17 case studies of public participation, drawing on the issues introduced in previous chapters to analyse and explain the results.

Keywords: public participation; institutional theory; power; forums; deliberative practice

Chapter.  7245 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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