Marginalised or enabled voices? 'User participation' in policy and practice

Bochel, Catherine, Bochel, Hugh, Somerville, Peter and Worley, C. (2008) Marginalised or enabled voices? 'User participation' in policy and practice. Social Policy and Society, 7 (2). pp. 201-210. ISSN 1474-7464

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The idea of participation has been central to many policy developments in recent years. Both Conservative and Labour governments have used notions of participation and involvement in attempts to justify and implement their social policies. Yet, despite a plethora of initiatives and guidance around ‘participation’ emerging from all levels of government, and a substantial academic literature, there remains a major, and potentially damaging, lack of clarity over many aspects of participation, while the secret of achieving ‘real’ participation appears to continue to remain elusive.

Keywords:User Participation, Marginalisation, Government, Participation, Social Policy
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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Deposited On:21 Jul 2010 10:18

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