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The renewal of state-citizen cooperation

Edited by Henry Tam

Published

27 Feb 2019

Page count

280 pages

ISBN

978-1529200935

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Bristol University Press
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27 Feb 2019

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280 pages

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234 x 156 mm

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280 pages

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234 x 156 mm

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    This book brings together leading figures in democratic reform and civic engagement to show why and how better state-citizen cooperation is necessary for achieving positive social change. Their contributions demonstrate that, while protest and non-state action may have their place, citizens must also work effectively with public bodies to secure sustainable improvements.

    The authors explain why the problem of civic disengagement poses a major threat, highlight what actions can be taken, and suggest how the underlying obstacles to democratic cooperation between citizens and state institutions can be overcome across a range of policy areas and in varied national contexts.

    Dr. Henry B. Tam is a writer, educator, and former policy head for civil renewal under the last Labour Government. He has been Director of the Forum for Youth Participation & Democracy, University of Cambridge; Lecturer on politics and government for Workers’ Educational Association and the Civil Service College; and Visiting Professor, School of Lifelong Learning, Birkbeck, University of London.

    Government with people ~ Henry Tam;

    PART I: WHY WE NEED BETTER STATE-CITIZEN COOPERATION;

    Communities, Government & Cooperation ~ Rt Hon Hazel Blears & Lord Blunkett of Brightside and Hillsborough;

    Realism & the renewal of democracy ~ Nick Pearce;

    The impact of community development ~ Marilyn Taylor;

    Community action & civic dialogue ~ Barry Quirk;

    The lessons from democratic innovations ~ Graham Smith;

    PART II: WHAT IMPOROVEMENTS CAN BE MADE;

    How can people take control? ~ Anna Coote;

    Policies for deliberative engagement ~ Simon Burall;

    Participation in old age ~ Marian Barnes;

    Young people & political contact ~ James Sloam;

    PART III: HOW TO OVERCOME THE UNDERLYING BARRIERS;

    Promoting citizenship education ~ James Weinberg & Matt Flinders;

    Rethinking civic roles ~ Jane Roberts;

    Sharing the ‘Take Part’ approach ~ Marjorie Mayo, Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek & Carol Packham;

    Reinventing community empowerment ~ Pat Conaty;

    Advancing the civic ethos ~ Henry Tam.