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Whose government is it?

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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27 Feb 2019

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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.

    “At a time of rising authoritarianism and shrinking public spheres, it is instructive and inspiring to read a whole compendium of essays by scholars, practitioners and policymakers who are committed to cooperation between state and citizens. Whose government is it? is packed with insights for citizens and officials alike.”

    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.

    Introduction

    Government with the People ~ Henry Tam

    Part One: Why We Need State-Citizen Cooperation

    Realism and Democratic Renewal ~ Nick Pearce

    The Importance of Collective Control ~ Anna Coote

    Deliberative Engagement with Complex Policies ~ Simon Burall

    The Road to Empowerment ~ Hazel Blears & David Blunkett

    Part Two: What Is Required for Effective Engagement

    The Lessons from Democratic Innovations ~ Graham Smith

    The Potential of Community Development ~ Marilyn Taylor

    Community Action and Civic Dialogue ~ Barry Quirk

    Old Age and Caring Democracy ~ Marian Barnes

    Young People and Everyday Democracy ~ James Sloam

    Part Three: How To Expand Our Civic Capability

    Improving Citizenship Education ~ James Weinberg and Matt Flinders

    Rethinking Civic Roles ~ Jane Roberts

    Promoting the ‘Take Part’ Approach ~ Marjorie Mayo, Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek and Carol Packham

    Developing Public-Cooperative Partnerships ~ Pat Conaty

    Conclusion

    The Renewal of State-Citizen Cooperation ~ Henry Tam