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Engaging Communities: A Critical Perspective on Public Participation in Australia

Citation

Eversole, R, Engaging Communities: A Critical Perspective on Public Participation in Australia, Politica, 40, (3) pp. 299-315 . ISSN 0105-0710 (2008) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

On the surface does Australia as a society in which citizen involvement is strong and where citizens are increasingly also at the local level has a number of channels to express their opinions and to influence political change. Men et nærmere blik på de forhold, som ligger bag disse politiske forandringer, fortæller en anden historie. But a closer look at the facts behind these political changes, tells a different story. Baseret på en række casestudier fra Tasmanien og delstaten Victoria viser artiklen, at borgerinddragelsen knytter borgerne, enten som individer eller som medlemmer af foreninger og organisationer, til stærkt formaliserede og regulerede bureaukratier. Based on a series of case studies from Tasmania and Victoria Land article shows that citizen involvement associated individuals, either as individuals or as members of associations and organizations to highly formalized and regulated bureaucracies. Derved bliver forholdet mellem borgere og myndigheder ofte karakteriseret ved markante uligheder i forhold til magt og ressourcer såvel som ved mangelfuld kommunikation. This makes the relationship between citizens and authorities often characterized by sharp inequalities in relation to power and resources as well as by inadequate communication. Det betyder, at det lokale samfund ikke bliver hørt tilstrækkeligt, og at bureaukratiet ofte dominerer. This means that local communities are not consulted enough and that the bureaucracy often dominates.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Anthropology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:57942
Year Published:2008
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2009-08-26
Last Modified:2013-03-28
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