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Marginalised or enabled voices? 'User participation' in policy and practice

By Catherine Bochel, Hugh Bochel, Peter Somerville and C. Worley


The idea of participation has been central to many policy developments in recent years. Both Conservative and Labour governments have used notions of participation and involvement in attempts to justify and implement their social policies. Yet, despite a plethora of initiatives and guidance around ‘participation’ emerging from all levels of government, and a substantial academic literature, there remains a major, and potentially damaging, lack of clarity over many aspects of participation, while the secret of achieving ‘real’ participation appears to continue to remain elusive

Topics: L410 UK Social Policy, L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies, L400 Social Policy
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1017/S1474746407004150
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