Democracy Doctorate

Can democratic innovations change democracy?

Month: January, 2016

#5PAPERS – Week 4 Day 4

  1. Reference to the Article 

Hendriks, C. M. (2009). The Democratic Soup: Mixed Meanings of Political Representation in Governance Networks. Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions, 22(4), 689-715.

  1. What attracted me to this Article?

Firstly it’s written by one of my supervisors and secondly it goes to an issue of interest to me: how governance networks relate to democracy, in this case the meaning of political representation.

  1. What is it about? (Problem / Purpose / Research Questions)

Hendriks notes, as Warren did in the paper I reviewed yesterday, that there has been a growth in ‘new’ forms of representation (often self-styled) without a commensurate growth in our understanding of them and ‘their implications for democratic practice and theory.’ p.690 This paper addresses this gap in the context of governance networks. Read the rest of this entry »

#5PAPERS – Week 4 Day 3

  1. Reference to the Article 

Warren, M. E. (2009). Citizen Participation and Democratic Deficits: Considerations from the Perspective of Democratic Theory. In J. DeBardeleben & J. H. Pammett (Eds.), Activating the citizen (pp. 17– 40). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

  1. What attracted me to this Article?

The title says it all really – it includes almost everything I’m interested in knowing more about as underpinning for my research.

  1. What is it about? (Problem / Purpose / Research Questions)

Warren wants to ‘clarify the question of democratic deficits as they relate to the participatory elements of democracy.’ p.17 In particular he wants to understand how participatory elements could be ‘in deficit’. Read the rest of this entry »

#5PAPERS – Week 4 Day 2

  1. Reference to the Article 

Kuma, C. (2015). 21st century Debate on Government verus Governance. International Journal of Research, 2(06), 695-706.

  1. What attracted me to this Article?

For some time I’ve felt that the concept of governance is relevant to my research which is why I’ve been collecting papers that discuss governance in the context of democracy or governing. This particular paper appears to be a recent ‘review’ article canvasing the various meanings of governance, so I’m hoping it will provide me with an overview of the field and point me in the direction of other useful references.

  1. What is it about? (Problem / Purpose / Research Questions)

Kumar is undertaking a review of the concept of governance and comparing its operation with the more traditional government. Read the rest of this entry »

#5PAPERS – Week 4 Day 1

  1. Reference to the Article 

Manwaring, R. (2010). Unequal Voices: ‘Strategic’ Consultation in South Australia. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 69(2), 178-189. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8500.2010.00682.x

  1. What attracted me to this Article?

A couple of things made this article stand out to me:

  • it critically evaluates a South Australian consultation process (and one of my case studies is South Australia)
  • it uses a framework that I’m not familiar with to undertake this evaluation i.e. Pratchett’s (and I’m keen to learn about a range of approaches to critically assessing consultative processes).
  1. What is it about? (Problem / Purpose / Research Questions)

Evaluating the 2006 consultation on South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP) from two perspectives: the effectiveness of the process generally and the value of using ‘consultations for embedding mid-to-long range strategic policy agendas.’ p.178 The State Strategic Plan was developed in 2004 with minimal consultation, however the plan included civic engagement targets as well as a commitment to significant consultation and revision of the plan every 5 years. Read the rest of this entry »

#5PAPERS – Week 3 Day 5

  1. Reference to the Article 

Fung, A. (2015). Putting the Public Back into Governance: The Challenges of Citizen Participation and Its Future Public Administration Review, 75(4), 513-522.

  1. What attracted me to this Article?

Archon Fung is a prolific author in the area of democracy, democratic innovation and participation. This particular article drew my attention because I have been thinking that there may some of the literature in the networked governance area might be relevant to my research interests and the title of this article suggests it addresses the relationship between governance and participation directly.

  1. What is it about? (Problem / Purpose / Research Questions)

This paper ‘takes stock of claims about the potential of citizen participation to advance three values of democratic governance; effectiveness, legitimacy, and social justice.’ p.512

  1. Where does this come from? (Literature / Theoretical Framework)

Fung’s article comes in response to the growth in ‘experiments’ in participatory governance and his wish to evaluate the claims made of them. Read the rest of this entry »