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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
Petitions & Panels at Number 10 – Do recent initiatives in the Prime Minister’s office amount to something more than Public Relations?
Many newspapers and even parts of the BBC seem to have decided for themselves that 10 Downing Street’s recent experiments with public participation are nothing but a set of PR…Read more
Perverted Polls – Do corrupt telephone polls by careless broadcasters reduce the credibility of public consultations?
When even Blue Peter has to apologise for misleading callers to its show, and virtually every other broadcaster has had to run for cover lest its practices be placed under…Read more
We all know people who think they are skilled at “knocking heads together” – and very useful they are too for those occasions when deep seated intransigence or sheer obstinacy…Read more
If you look down a list of consultations from a range of public bodies, two things become immediately obvious. One is the sheer variety of topics and issues. The other…Read more
Developing strategies is not unlike having children. Many are conceived from committed parentage, and are nurtured in a loving and learning environment. But others are what we call orphans, the…Read more
Almost everyone agrees that one of the biggest weaknesses of public and stakeholder consultation is inadequate feedback to respondents and the public. But, just for a moment, imagine the best,…Read more