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Partners in Power: A radically pluralistic form of participative democracy for children and young people

By Thomas D. Cockburn


NoThe central concern of this article is to advocate an inclusive and pluralistic notion of a public sphere similar to those advocated by feminist writers such as Iris Marion Young and Nancy Fraser. These ideas complement the plethora of initiatives from statutory and voluntary agencies to take on board the participation and voices of children and young people. This reflects a movement away from simplistic top¿down governance through the State towards a co-production of governance through partnerships and community involvement. However, children's participation in this public sphere is constrained through the inhibition of children's voices. These inhibitions, it is argued, pervade the private and intermediary as well as public spheres of children's lives. Thus it is unrealistic to expect children to adjust to an undifferentiated and often hostile public arena

Topics: Democracy, Community Involvement, Voluntary Agencies, Citizenship; Governance, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Public Education, Student Participation
Year: 2007
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Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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