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…the sum of all the parts – Is the whole Empowerment White Paper greater than the sum of its many parts?
Stockbrokers used to say Sell in May and go away. Ministers just publish White Papers, Consultations or Guidelines, leaving those who need to understand and implement them with some weighty…Read more
Sometimes public policy seems to catch the mood of the moment; often it misses by a mile! What’s about to happen in health and social care in England could emerge…Read more
2008 is the year when joined-up consultations will finally take off. It would be great if this extended to the whole public sector, but for the moment let’s accept that…Read more
Wanted: Centres of excellence – Inconsistency is one of the worst aspects of consultation in the UK; yet the best are truly excellent
Any analysis of the 99 Topics published by the Institute over the last four years would reveal problems and opportunities in roughly equal measure. The problems are well known, though…Read more
A duty to inform – One of the most vulnerable areas for those who consult is the need to ensure that information provided is fair and comprehensive
A public dialogue is as good as the information upon which it is conducted. So much is self-evident, but observing this mantra is a bit more difficult in the context…Read more
Participatory Budgeting – The Consultation Institute’s Briefing on the concept behind Community Kitties & other initiatives
Contents Introduction – 3 Definitions of Participatory Budgeting – 3 Background – 4 Characteristics – 5 The UK experience – 7 Opportunities & Challenges – 9 Is it right for…Read more
Focus on Empowerment – If the Government is really serious about its new Empowerment agenda, it needs better focus and a willingness to stick with it for a while
It might be easy to dismiss much of the Government’s flashy new “empowerment” agenda1 as yet more spin. But, despite being open to criticism, there are some really significant positives…Read more
Direct democracy has many enthusiastic fans. They point out that some questions are just too important for elected representatives to decide; constitutional changes are often cited as classic issues of…Read more
Legal Challenges – What are the implications of the Greenpeace case? …… and will it affect less high-profile consultations?
Make no mistake; this High Court judgment will have a major impact upon the conduct of public debate in the United Kingdom. It’s not that this is the first time…Read more