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Can deliberative democracy be practised? A sub-national policy pathway


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Crowley, K 2009 , 'Can deliberative democracy be practised? A sub-national policy pathway' , Politics and Policy, vol. 37, no. 5 , pp. 949-1021 , doi: 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2009.00208.x.

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This article reviews subnational participatory policy making and considers the extent to which participation—which seeks to breach the divide between citizen preference and political behavior—can be seen as deliberative practice. The process examined, Tasmania Together, is Australia's most participatory subnational planning and policy instrument, and is unique in that country, as well for directly linking public preference to policy design. Deliberative theory frames the examination of Tasmania Together here because it is in part concerned with exploring and overcoming the failing representative mandate that has inspired many such local participatory experiments. The study explores the tensions between deliberative theory and participatory practice, to identify common themes and forge greater relevance between the two. It considers the legitimacy of the process, its quest for community consensus, its link to policy-setting contexts, its high level of institutionalization, and the lessons that can be learnt from it, which may in turn inform deliberative theory.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Crowley, K
Journal or Publication Title: Politics and Policy
ISSN: 1747-1346
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/j.1747-1346.2009.00208.x
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