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Title: Whose town is it anyway? Political and civic participation in two northern towns


1
Whose town is it anyway? Political and civic
participation in two northern towns
  • Dr. Stuart Wilks-Heeg
  • University of Liverpool

2
The research key findings
  • 2 year in-depth project chalk and cheese
  • Governance 30 public bodies per town
  • Democracy elected bodies control only 50 of
    local spending
  • Politics parties weak, civil society vibrant
  • Implications of above for citizens participation

3
Participation key questions trends
Reported political action, 1986 2000
  • Is there a crisis of participation?
  • Or is there a crisis of democracy?
  • Are participation democracy declining or
    diversifying?
  • Are new forms of engagement/voting the solution?

Source Bromley et al, 2001
4
Top 10 categories of local group membership
Harrogate
5
Participating in local governance
District Council Vote in local elections stand
for office attend council meeting contact
councillor respond to consultation exercise
make a formal complaint
County Council Vote in local elections stand for
office attend council meeting watch council
meeting on Web contact councillor take part in
SMS consultation make a formal complaint attend
Cabinet in the Community.
Civil society organisations Join a local group
help raise funds help campaign organise local
events volunteer.
Housing Association Seek election as tenant
representative complete service satisfaction
survey make a complaint about service.
NHS Trusts Join Foundation Trust attend Board
meeting volunteer contact PALS join Expert
Patient Programme respond to consultation
exercise
Police Seek election to Police Authority respond
to Police Authority consultation attend Police
Authority meeting, attend neighbourhood policing
forum, make a complaint
6
The Local Democratic Mix
7
How did we get here?
User democracy, 1985-present
Participatory democracy, 1968-present
Network democracy 1835 - present
Representative democracy 1835-present
8
Three key issues
  • Does the range of mechanisms increase
    participation?
  • Does local participation mirror local power?
  • Does participation mean greater citizen control
    or influence?

9
Participants non-participants
Super-activists (1)
10
Top 6 public spenders Burnley
11
The four (weak) magnets
County Council Elected large spender wide range
of functions extensive consultation of
residents complaints mechanism limited coverage
in local press County Hall 20 miles away.
District Council Elected low spender limited
range of functions regular consultation of
residents complaints mechanism extensive
coverage in local press obvious presence in town
centre.
THE PEOPLE
Where Will They Go?
NHS Trusts Unelected, other than Foundation
Trusts large spender extensive consultation
various forms of user involvement limited
coverage in local press.
Local Police Held to account by Police Authority
Police Authority consult on key issues growing
emphasis on neighbourhood policing extensive
coverage of crime in local press obvious
presence in town centre.
With apologies to Ebenezer Howard
12
Power to the people?
  • Local residents looking the wrong way
  • Relationship of mechanisms to decision-making
    unclear or inadequate
  • Local agencies lack autonomy to respond
  • Local governance scaling up, but participation
    scaling down
  • 24 Harrogate 16 Burnley residents feel able
    to influence local decisions.

13
Conclusions
  • Governance structures need to embrace new forms
    of political civic participation
  • Foster support core activists the 1
    solution
  • Making participation meaningful may mean
    internalising contradictions
  • More reform is unlikely to help.
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