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Emergency services – Public respect for some of our public services is a great asset for public engagement and consultation
It only needs a quick look at the public response to a tragedy such as that which occurred in Glasgow a few days ago to appreciate the amazing public esteem…Read more
For those who have been glued to television screens to follow the various commemorations of the life of the former South African President, a frequent refrain will have been the…Read more
It has long been asserted that a public consultation is fault-intolerant. By this we mean that one can be successful at almost everything required but fail on one relatively small…Read more
From time to time, democracies provide the spectacle of a tussle between ideologies – or at least, philosophies American politics, in 2013 for example, has been a historic battle between…Read more
It is quite easy sometimes to imagine that all public or stakeholder consultations are dialogues between the usual bureaucracies and local communities. And it is equally easy to characterise these…Read more
Ten years on … – The Consultation Institute has much to do in the next ten years – but the agenda is changing!
When the Institute began in 2003, there was quite a lot of public and stakeholder consultation. Some of it was excellent; rather too much of it was classic tick-in-box…Read more
Had Mrs Nash been quicker? – Clarifying Councils’ consultation obligations; ‘Best Value’ still lives!
Considering the sheer number of judicial reviews sought on issues of consultation and engagement in recent years, it may surprise many that there has been no Court case on the…Read more
An experienced consultation officer in the NHS recently could scarcely conceal her delight. The consultation had resulted in a 1% participation rate, regarded by her bosses and many others as…Read more
A public body we know has spent two years – on and off – examining a wholesale reorganisation of its service. In many ways it has been a textbook exercise.…Read more