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Somewhere between engagement and consultation

September 15, 2020 By Tuesday Topic

The fudging of accountability. 2020 continues to throw up novel situations and dilemmas that have previously not troubled us. Who might have guessed that on the day that this Topic…

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Sins of Omission

August 18, 2020 By Tuesday Topic

If consultation was not undertaken – how to retrieve the situation. When coronavirus sent Whitehall – and everywhere else – into a flat spin, Government responded with a flurry of…

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Putting the GOVE into GOVErnment: Consultation and his recent lecture

July 14, 2020 By Tuesday Topic

Public servants need to understand the Downing Street approach to their future At the beginning of July there were two important speeches. One came from the Prime Minister – a typical bish-bash-bosh tour…

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Still too much top down: stakeholders queuing up to demand consultation

June 9, 2020 By Tuesday Topic

A month ago, we published a Briefing Paper entitled Exit from Lockdown: the case for consultation. In it, we made the case for decision-makers at both central and local levels to…

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The resurgence of the experts? What impact on consultations?

April 6, 2020 By Tuesday Topic

Right in the middle of the current health emergency, many commentators have observed that at a time of national crisis, people tend to cling to the words of people they…

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Citizens’ Assemblies – the best form of co-production?

February 25, 2020 By Tuesday Topic

Citizens’ Assemblies have become extraordinarily popular. And rightly so. Trust in elected bodies – Parliamentary or Municipal is at a low ebb. Campaigners for causes like social care, public transport…

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The spectre of inequality

January 28, 2020 By Tuesday Topic

Consultation as one of the ways to address Yuval Hariri’s latest warnings. Consultation professionals are essentially concerned with process. We are not supposed to be pursuing our own political, social…

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A decade of debate?

January 6, 2020 By Tuesday Topic

Is The Economist right to be optimistic about technology? Every so often, The Economist publishes one of its weighty editorials, designed for maximum influence, and chose the imminent start of the ‘Twenties’…

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“Get Xmas Done!!”

December 18, 2019 By Tuesday Topic

“For goodness sake, just get Xmas done!” “We’re fed up. For months, we’ve heard little else.” “No ifs; no but’s. Let’s stick to the agreed date.” “December 25th it is.…

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The end of Tokenism

November 25, 2019 By Tuesday Topic

If consultation standards have risen, who should take the credit? This is a Summary of Rhion Jones’ address to the LG Comms conference in Manchester on November 6th Back in…

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