There is a growing need for public buy-in if democratic processes are to run smoothly. But who exactly is "the public"? What does their engagement in policy-making processes look like? How can our understanding of "the public" be expanded to include – or be led by – diverse voices and experiences, particularly of those who have been historically marginalized? And what does this expansion mean not only for public policies and their development, but for how we teach policy? Drawing upon public engagement case studies, sites of inquiry, and vignettes, this volume raises and responds to these and other questions while advancing policy justice as a framework for public engagement and public policy.
Stretching the boundaries of deliberative democracy in theory and practice, Creating Spaces of Engagement offers critical reflections on how diverse publics are engaged in policy processes.
"Creating Spaces of Engagement makes a compelling, convincing, and pressing argument for relational and collaborative approaches to policy making in today’s increasingly exclusionary politics. This collection has immense relevance for scholars, practitioners, teachers, and activists engaging in citizen-centric approaches to policy making."- Bettina von Lieres, Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough
"In this current era where a vast majority of the global population is excluded from typical democratic and policy-creation practices, lifting up the voices of those who are otherwise marginalized through neoliberal, capitalist, androcentric, heterosexist, ableist, industrial-rationalist processes is essential. Through a range of Canadian and global cases, sites, and stories, Creating Spaces of Engagement not only documents but also celebrates participatory, anti-oppressive, and creative approaches to democracy."- Catherine Etmanski, Professor of Leadership Studies, Royal Roads University
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