Comprised of a series of national case studies, this book critically examines initiatives in public participation and their relationship to developments in community governance. As such, the case studies enable national perspectives to be applied to crucial features of modern public policy and politics. Focusing on case studies in areas which are undergoing major social and institutional transformation and/or which raise particular issues because of the marginal position of the areas within their nation-states, the book also concerns itself with developments in Western European countries and why people should logically support some but not other initiatives in public participation. This book will be very useful for students and academics in areas such as politics, public administration, social policy and sociology. It should also be of interest to local activists such as councillors, members of pressure groups and those concerned about modern trends in democracy.

chapter 1|11 pages


ByPeter McLaverty

chapter 4|14 pages

Tlalpan Neighbourhood Committees: A True Participatory Option

ByArturo Flores

chapter 5|21 pages

Decentralization and Citizen Participation in Barcelona

ByGeorgina Blakeley

chapter 6|23 pages

Metropolitan Governance and Democracy: How to Evaluate New Tendencies

ByDaniel Kübler, Sonja Wälti

chapter 8|24 pages

Rediscovering the Citizen: New Roles for Politicians in Interactive Policy Making

ByErik-Hans Klijn, Joop F.M. Koppenjan

chapter 10|13 pages

Is Public Participation a Good Thing?

ByPeter McLaverty