Putting people in planning: participatory democracy, community building and social inclusion

Cameron, Jenny & Grant-Smith, Deanna (2014) Putting people in planning: participatory democracy, community building and social inclusion. In Byrne, Jason, Dodson, Jago, & Sipe, Neil (Eds.) Australian Environmental Planning : Challenges and Future Prospects. Routledge, Milton Park, pp. 197-205.

Abstract

Like other Western nations, since the nineteenth century Australia has been a representative democracy, in which citizens elect parliamentary representatives to make decisions and develop policies on their behalf (see chapter 5). These representatives are supported in their decision making by an ‘arm’s-length’, ‘techno-bureaucratic administration’, which includes experts such as environmental planners (Fung and Wright 2003, p. 3). However, as the issues for decision-making become increasingly complex, and societies increasingly diverse, the idea of citizen participation in decision-making is ever more accepted. There is now a significant body of political theory arguing for a more participatory model of democracy (participatory democracy), a model that strives to create opportunities for all members of a society to contribute meaningfully to decisions about the matters affecting their lives.

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ID Code: 66075
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Planning, Participatory Democracy, Inclusion and Power, People
ISBN: 978-1-13-800070-4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2014 23:44
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2016 00:17

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