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Majority vote – A Referendum is only one form of decision-making and there are other good ideas around!

February 22, 2016 By

Ever since the Institute began, the first thing taught to members and supporters is the mantra Consultation is not a Vote. Indeed, it was the theme of the first ever…

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Consultation-related Judicial Reviews – mid-year Update

February 14, 2016

One of the Institute’s most active members recently commissioned us to prepare an Update for those of its staff who attended the Law of Consultation training course in 2013. Elizabeth…

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Speaking in Brussels about Open Legislation

February 14, 2016 By

As most of you will know, tCI has been working closely together with the Chinese government on online participation/consultation in policy-making. In the Summer of 2014 a delegation of the…

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The Government’s new Principles – How useful are the Government’s 2016 Consultation Principles?

February 8, 2016 By

In 2012, the Coalition Government took us all by surprise and tore up the 2008 Code of Practice on consultations and replaced them with a hastily-drafted set of Principles. Practitioners…

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In praise of excellence – Is there any real benefit to being outstandingly good at consultation?

January 8, 2016 By

Thirty years ago, an American management consultant from McKinsey became rich and famous when he wrote a series of best-selling business books, starting with In Search of Excellence. His name…

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Summing up the Options – A recent Judicial Review highlights the problem when the numbers don’t add up

January 8, 2016 By

Lambeth Council has just lost a Judicial Review in a case that holds lessons for many of us involved with pubic consultations. The story is about a social housing development…

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Consultation ‘after the event’ – Can it ever be right to use consultation to seek support for a decision you’ve already taken?

December 8, 2015 By

Over the weekend, the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn wrote to party members to ‘consult’ them about their opinions on the difficult issue of whether or not the…

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Consultation as pantomime – It’s the season to reflect on the similarities between consultation and a good old-fashioned Pantomime!

December 8, 2015 By

Oh No it isn’t! Well, just for once, let’s admit that many public consultations have about them the sense of a mild farce – if not a classic English pantomime.…

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Pinch-points – Effective planning of a public consultation needs to take proper account of the known challenges inherent in the process.

November 8, 2015 By

Consultations have been organised for years. True, a lot of expertise has haemorrhaged away through successive redundancies and reorganisations, but Public services in the UK employ thousands of competent people…

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