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Emergency services – Public respect for some of our public services is a great asset for public engagement and consultation

December 13, 2013 By

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…

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Consultation and Leadership – Leaders like Nelson Mandela knew instinctively when NOT to consult …!

December 13, 2013 By

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…

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The whole is greater … … – than the sum of the parts …

November 13, 2013 By

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…

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Purists and Pragmatists – Consultation can expose significant tensions among stakeholders

November 13, 2013 By

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…

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Consulting the powerful – Are the rules different?

October 13, 2013 By

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…

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Ten years on … – The Consultation Institute has much to do in the next ten years – but the agenda is changing!

October 13, 2013 By

  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…

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Had Mrs Nash been quicker? – Clarifying Councils’ consultation obligations; ‘Best Value’ still lives!

September 13, 2013 By

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…

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Self-selected samples – When consultation respondents might be unrepresentative

September 13, 2013 By

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…

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Birth of a consultation option. – Once an option …always an option? Or maybe not…!

July 14, 2013 By

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.…

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