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Democratizing inequalities: the promise and pitfalls of the new public participation

Lee, Caroline W., McQuarrie, Michael and Walker, Edward T., eds. (2015) Democratizing inequalities: the promise and pitfalls of the new public participation. NYU Press. ISBN 9781479883360

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Climate change e-petitions. Community visioning sessions. Stakeholder task forces. Health policy dialogues. Grassroots philanthropy. The sheer number of invitations to “have your say” can seem overwhelming. The unexpected triumph of progressive values inherent in bottom-up engagement has been hailed by observers as a civic renaissance, a collaborative revolution, a new participation economy. It would appear that public participation is more widespread than ever. But, contrary to long-held assumptions about the relationship between democratization and social equality, this expansion of political equality has been accompanied by a corresponding decline in social and economic equality.

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Additional Information: © 2014 NYU Press
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 14:31
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2021 23:05

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