Mini-Publics as an innovation in spatial governance

Durrant, D. and Cohen, T. 2023. Mini-Publics as an innovation in spatial governance. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 41 (6), pp. 1183-1199. https://doi.org/10.1177/23996544231176392

TitleMini-Publics as an innovation in spatial governance
TypeJournal article
AuthorsDurrant, D. and Cohen, T.
Abstract

Mini-publics—deliberative fora made up of randomly selected, representative groups of citizens—have attracted considerable interest as a means of resolving perceived weaknesses in existing forms of governance. In this paper, we consider the use of a mini-public or citizens’ assembly to constitute an ad hoc governance space based on the Travel to Work Area of Cambridge in the United Kingdom rather than working within the existing local government boundaries within which transport infrastructure is usually governed. Through this case study, we explore the question of embedding mini-publics in the wider processes of policy and decision-making. More specifically this is the question of the extent to which they ought to be permitted to inform and even assume responsibility for local-level transport policy decisions. We argue that, if they are to become more widely used, then it will be necessary to understand the practices associated with such democratic experiments and their potential to transform existing governance networks in contested areas of spatial policy.

JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Journal citation41 (6), pp. 1183-1199
ISSN2399-6544
2399-6552
Year2023
PublisherSage
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/23996544231176392
Publication dates
Published online16 May 2023

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