The rise and rise of participation

Celia Davies, Margaret Wetherell and Elizabeth Barnett

in Citizens at the centre

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348029
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301851 | DOI:
The rise and rise of participation

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This chapter offers an introduction to debates about democratic renewal and direct citizen participation as they are being played out in Great Britain in the early years of the twenty-first century. It discusses the notions of a more active citizenry, focusing on the way in which these have been developed by New Labour in its project of modernising governance and as seen by commentators and critics. The chapter also examines the legacy of separation between the National Health Service (NHS) and local government, and the history of attempts to infuse localism, service-user voices, and consumer responsiveness.

Keywords: citizen participation; democratic renewal; Great Britain; New Labour; active citizenry; NHS; local government; localism; consumer responsiveness

Chapter.  8436 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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