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One Discourse, Three Dialects: Changing the Social Model in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States

For each country, the paper includes a brief review of the historical roots of the welfare state, a presentation of the current welfare mix, and an examination of recent employment-oriented social policy reforms that are designed to support low-wage labour markets by 'ending welfare as we know it' and helping to 'make work pay.' A particular focus is on the ways that the welfare mix of families, especially poor families, has altered due to changes in the labour market, family structures, and state policy. The reason for this emphasis is that much of the recent policy reform in these three liberal regimes has been directed towards families with children, especially those with market incomes. (continue)

Public Participation in the United Kingdom: Two Models for Increasing Public Power

In this paper the author outlines two models of public participation. Both aim to deepen the influence of local participating citizens on decision-making processes. Given that neither model has been systematically implemented in the UK or abroad, they are best thought of hypotheses. Both represent challenges to develop systematic methods for encouraging and increasing the influence of local citizens in political decision-making processes. The rationale for each model is based on existing models of practice in the US, Switzerland and the UK. (continue)

Europeans have a Say: Online Debates and Consultations in the EU

This report provides an assessment of the European Union's online initiative "Your Voice in Europe." (continue)

Extending Public Consultation via the Internet: the Experience of the UK Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing Electronic Consultation

This paper considers the use of electronic consultation as a deliberative mechanism for risk regulation in relation to genetic testing. The author explains the methodology used and assesses the limitation and benefits of the process. A number of barriers are identified such as the reluctance within the United Kingdom advisory committee system to extend consultation, the cost associated with extended consultion and the relatively low level of public engagement in the process. (continue)

Public Attitudes, Scientific Advice and the Politics of Regulatory Policy: the Case of BSE

This paper considers the analytical-deliberative aspects of the policy formulation for the health risk - bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). (continue)

LogoLink

LogoLink is a global network of practitioners from civil society organizations, research institutions, and governments working to deepen democracy through greater citizen participation in local governance. LogoLink encourages learning from field-based innovations and expressions of democracy that contribute to social justice. (continue)

Civil Dialogue: Making It Work Better

NGOs play a growing role in shaping the EU project through their participation in a "civil dialogue" with the EU institutions. After several decades of involvement in the European project, the time came for a common reflection on how to make this dialogue between EU and its citizens work better. This study is based on an overview of dialogue with EU institutions and on case studies with a particular focus on national NGOs' involvement, and looks at the practice of dialogue between NGOs and EU institutions, reviewing what works and what doesn't, and making recommendations for change. (continue)

Participation.net

Participation.net is a global, online space for sharing ideas about the participation of people in development, citizenship, governance and rights. We welcome researchers, practitioners, activists, educators, policy makers and others from around the world to exchange diverse views and resources. (continue)

Participation Resource Centre

The Institute of Development Studies' Participation Resource Centre holds over 6000 documents and videos from the collections of the Participation Group at IDS and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). The collection, which is housed at the University of Sussex (Brighton, United Kingdom) consists mainly of unpublished practical information and includes research reports, training manuals, workshop reports, critical reflections and newsletters from practitioners and networks. Abstracts of the documents can be searched online. (continue)

Conversation Dinners or Conversation Meetings

The concept of the "Conversation Dinner" seems to have come from Theodore Zeldin. For this simple process, people are split into pairs and given a "conversation menu" from which they can choose their conversation topics. The menu could have a subject area theme such as "intergroup dialogue" or it could be a generic menu listing personal questions designed to help people to get to know each other. Conversation Meetings may or may not happen over meals; sometimes partners are encouraged to take walks together. Whatever the situation, privacy is key. (continue)

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