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Home Workshops Sydney 2011 Research Proposals Bringing deliberation into existing policy forums i.e. citizens advisory committees & expert panels

Bringing deliberation into existing policy forums i.e. citizens advisory committees & expert panels

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To what extent can existing arenas of policy debate become more effective through deliberative and inclusive interventions?

This project will examine how debates and decision making occurs in diverse venues of public debate such as advisory committees, stakeholder roundtables and citizen appointed committees. It will examine their deliberative capacity, inclusiveness and consider possible collaborative interventions.

Expected project outcomes include:

  • improved performance of different sites of public debate
  • insights into the inner-workings of committees, boards, etc. which are often neglected by D&D
  • opportunities to influence legislation/policy on the design of future forms of public inquiry
  • unique study of policy arenas including legislated citizen committees (S86 committees in Victoria)
Organisational Partner (practitioner): Janice Lane, Manager, Community Development, Surf Coast Shire

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President of and Chair of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee
Addressing the problems of citizen intimidation and agenda manipulation on government sponsored citizen advisory committees is critical if such advisory committees are to function as real rather than fake democratic deliberative bodies.

--J.H. Snider, Chair
Countywide Citizen Advisory Committee
Anne Arundel County, Maryland
J.H. Snider , 06 Feb 2011 12:09 AM
Citizens Best Practices.
Best practices can be adopted at organizational level, but also at the citizens level.

We need both, since societies is the gestalt of the way citizens, interrelate and interact.
Denis Pageau , 04 Feb 2011 11:38 PM
Benchmarking Best Practice
I think that the effort might be expanded by inviting other parties to contibue specific benchmark approaches for the best of class approaches that this critically important study reveals.
Tom , 04 Feb 2011 11:01 PM
Practical and useful for practitioners
I agree with Nicky's comment but also see this research proposal as having a high degree of relevance and practicality for our field.
Geoff Wilson , 04 Feb 2011 07:18 PM
This is crucial in my view for any global perspective.
Nicky Leggatt , 04 Feb 2011 05:29 PM

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