The modernisation of local decision making: Public participation and Scottish local government

Kevin Orr, Mark McAteer

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Abstract

Improving the quality of public participation in council decision making continues to be a key goal of local government 'modernisation'. Different rationales for this have been advanced, including consumerist aims of service improvement, participation as an important value in itself, and participation as a survival strategy for local government. Based on surveys of, and interviews with, councillors and senior officers in Scottish local government, this article explores the ways in which concepts of 'consumerism' and 'citizenship' inform councils' approaches to public participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-155
Number of pages25
JournalLocal Government Studies
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004

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