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Can deliberative democracy be practised? A sub-national policy pathyway


Crowley, CM, Can deliberative democracy be practised? A sub-national policy pathyway, Politics & Policy, 37, (5) pp. 995-1022. ISSN 1555-5623 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1747-1346.2009.00208.x


This article reviews subnational participatory policy making and considers the extent to which participation—which seeks to breach the divide between citizen preference and political behavior—can be seen as deliberative practice. The process examined, Tasmania Together, is Australia's most participatory subnational planning and policy instrument, and is unique in that country, as well for directly linking public preference to policy design. Deliberative theory frames the examination of Tasmania Together here because it is in part concerned with exploring and overcoming the failing representative mandate that has inspired many such local participatory experiments. The study explores the tensions between deliberative theory and participatory practice, to identify common themes and forge greater relevance between the two. It considers the legitimacy of the process, its quest for community consensus, its link to policy-setting contexts, its high level of institutionalization, and the lessons that can be learnt from it, which may in turn inform deliberative theory.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Public policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Political systems
UTAS Author:Crowley, CM (Associate Professor Kate Crowley)
ID Code:61045
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2010-02-24
Last Modified:2012-03-30
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