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The devil in the detail – The case for consultation is strongest when there is much detail still to consider

The Party political conference season is a great moment to reflect on the difference between headline-grabbing policy announcements and the more mundane detail that makes them happen. Our politicians know they need to sketch out the direction of their thinking, but recognise that going beyond generalities offers many a hostage to fortune.

 

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Rhion Jones is considered a leading authority on Public Engagement and Consultation. A founding Director of the Consultation Institute, he is co-author of “The Art of Consultation” (2009) and “The Politics of Consultation” (2018). He has delivered over 500 training courses and Masterclasses and is a prolific writer on the subject, having written over 350 different Topic papers and over 50 full Briefing Papers for the Institute. Since 2003 over 15,000 person-days of training based on courses he invented have been delivered. Rhion is in demand as an entertaining Keynote Speaker and Special Adviser, particularly on the Law of Consultation, and its implications for Government and other Public Bodies. In 2017, he was awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’.

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