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    Measuring horizontal governance: a review of public consultation by the Northern Ireland government between 2000 and 2004


    Murray, Michael and Fagan, Honor and McCusker, Paul (2009) Measuring horizontal governance: a review of public consultation by the Northern Ireland government between 2000 and 2004. Policy and Politics, 37 (4). pp. 553-571. ISSN 0305 5736

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    Abstract

    This article examines the use of public consultation by the Northern Ireland central government between the years of 2000 and 2004. Key findings suggest a general enthusiasm for its use by government and citizens, despite the identification of challenges including lack of resources as well as ‘consultation fatigue’. In addition, divergences exist between the aims and expectations of administrators and those of citizens and the community and voluntary sector on the contentious issue of what should constitute ‘participation’. Reflecting a key debate in the literature on whether the use of mechanisms such as public consultation signals the emergence of autonomous, horizontal networks of governance, it is argued here that instead, the way in which public consultation was used indicates a continuance of centralised, hierarchical government.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: governance; consultation; Northern Ireland; participation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 11962
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1332/030557309X462556
    Depositing User: Honor Fagan
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2019 11:26
    Journal or Publication Title: Policy and Politics
    Publisher: The Policy Press
    Refereed: Yes
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