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Scripting Deliberative Policy-Making: Dramaturgic Policy Analysis and Engagement Know-How

Scripting Deliberative Policy-Making: Dramaturgic Policy Analysis and Engagement Know-How AbstractPublic engagers are officials tasked with facilitating collaborative performances in the theatres of deliberation that increasingly populate local governance. In Scotland, they work to involve citizens, communities and organizations in deliberative policy-making. Drawing on two years of ethnographic fieldwork, this paper shows how these policy workers deploy their own field of specialist knowledge during the scripting of participatory processes. The analysis eschews conventional notions of “scripted participation” as tokenistic or manipulative, thus seeking a more sophisticated understanding of the know-how that animates engagement practice. The findings reveal the micro-politics of official participation processes through the “behind-the-scenes” work of engagement practitioners. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis Taylor & Francis

Scripting Deliberative Policy-Making: Dramaturgic Policy Analysis and Engagement Know-How

Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis , Volume 17 (3): 17 – May 27, 2015
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2014 The Editor, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice
ISSN
1572-5448
eISSN
1387-6988
DOI
10.1080/13876988.2014.946663
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Abstract

AbstractPublic engagers are officials tasked with facilitating collaborative performances in the theatres of deliberation that increasingly populate local governance. In Scotland, they work to involve citizens, communities and organizations in deliberative policy-making. Drawing on two years of ethnographic fieldwork, this paper shows how these policy workers deploy their own field of specialist knowledge during the scripting of participatory processes. The analysis eschews conventional notions of “scripted participation” as tokenistic or manipulative, thus seeking a more sophisticated understanding of the know-how that animates engagement practice. The findings reveal the micro-politics of official participation processes through the “behind-the-scenes” work of engagement practitioners.

Journal

Journal of Comparative Policy AnalysisTaylor & Francis

Published: May 27, 2015

Keywords: participation practitioners; deliberative policy-making; engagement know-how; policy ethnography; policy work

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