I spoke at a Whitehall seminar yesterday, organised by Friday and the Government Communications Network, alongside Ade. We heard some great examples of work on consulting online, and how Departments are trying different approaches – hopefully we’ll be able to share the slides in the next couple of days. One of the things that struck me […]
More than 40 years ago the American sociologist Sherry Arnstein developed the ‘ladder of participation’ to represent the degree of involvement by citizens in decision-making. Arnstein’s levels range from ‘non-participation’ at the bottom of the ladder – at worse, the manipulation of citizens – to ‘citizen power’ and true citizen control at the top. One of the challenges […]
Oh, here’s a hideous survey. It invites you to tell the DWP what you think about Social Justice – the capital letters are clearly important. On the second (final) page of the survey you can opt in to hear more about Social Justice, although they’ve missed off the box where you can opt out from being not […]
The BBC is reporting that two schools in Peacehaven, near Brighton, are to merge despite 95% of responses to the consultation on the proposals being against. I’m assuming here that the consultation was a statutory box to tick, and that the decision had in practice been taken, and budgets set, rather than that the council joyously […]
It’s taken me far too long to get my thoughts down on the AlphaGov vision for consultation, which came out a few weeks ago. That’s mostly because, like Delib, I don’t see much wrong with it – kudos to Simon, Steph, Neil and the rest of the team for a great piece of work. If […]
Julian McCrae at the Institute for Government PWC citizens’ jury in Coventry recently. His take on the key points:
“Firstly, people can accept the case for difficult decisions when they are engaged in a meaningful discussion about the options.
De mortuis nil nisi bonum, so as the Place Survey gets consigned to the dustbin of policy, it’s worth thinking about what we’re losing now it’s gone.
The Place Survey was designed to provide councils and residents with comparable information on their performance. Even if councils continue doing some sort of opinion polling (and I suspect most won’t) any results won’t now be able to be compared between different authorities.
The Government today launched Your Freedom, a discussion site where people can make suggestions on civil liberties issues and legislation they want to see repealed. good site, but can Government live up to its rhetoric and answer as well as it asks?
Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Balls’ EU immigration claims don’t stand up – Sarah Mulley at Left Foot Forward takes a look at the immigration stance of Labour leader candidate Ed Balls. Balls is conflating immigration with intra-EU migration, which has been pointed out elsewhere. She accuses […]