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Patterns of Public Participation: Opportunity Structures and Mobilization from a Cross-National Perspective

Slutsky, J; Tumilty, E; Max, C; Lu, L; Tantivess, S; Curi Hauegen, R; Whitty, J; ... Cubillos, L; + view all (2016) Patterns of Public Participation: Opportunity Structures and Mobilization from a Cross-National Perspective. Journal of Health Organization and Management , 30 (5) pp. 751-768. 10.1108/JHOM-03-2016-0037. Green open access

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PURPOSE: The paper summarizes data from twelve countries, chosen to exhibit wide variation, on the role and place of public participation in the setting of priorities. It seeks to exhibit cross-national patterns in respect of public participation, linking those differences to institutional features of the countries concerned. DESIGN/METHODOLOGY/APPROACH: The approach is an example of case-orientated qualitative assessment of participation practices. It derives its data from the presentation of country case studies by experts on each system. The country cases are located within the historical development of democracy in each country. FINDINGS: Patterns of participation are widely variable. Participation that is effective through routinized institutional processes appears to be inversely related to contestatory participation that uses political mobilization to challenge the legitimacy of the priority setting process. No system has resolved the conceptual ambiguities that are implicit in the idea of public participation. ORIGINALITY/VALUE: The paper draws on a unique collection of country case studies in participatory practice in prioritization, supplementing existing published sources. In showing that contestatory participation plays an important role in a sub-set of these countries it makes an important contribution to the field because it broadens the debate about public participation in priority setting beyond the use of minipublics and the observation of public representatives on decision-making bodies.

Type: Article
Title: Patterns of Public Participation: Opportunity Structures and Mobilization from a Cross-National Perspective
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/JHOM-03-2016-0037
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JHOM-03-2016-0037
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. The published version of record is available at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/JHOM-03-2016-0037
Keywords: Public participation, Priority setting, Cross-national comparisons, Resource allocation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1496998
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