Governance in the grey area: Engaging Australia's seniors in local policy processes

Petriwskyj, Andrea (2006). Governance in the grey area: Engaging Australia's seniors in local policy processes. In: Chris Stanley and Teri Roberts, Abstracts and Proceedings from the 5th National Conference for Emerging Researchers in Ageing: Research informing positive outcomes in older persons. National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference (5th, ERA, 2006), Sydney, Australia, (160-163). 21 November 2006.

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Author Petriwskyj, Andrea
Title of paper Governance in the grey area: Engaging Australia's seniors in local policy processes
Conference name National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference (5th, ERA, 2006)
Conference location Sydney, Australia
Conference dates 21 November 2006
Proceedings title Abstracts and Proceedings from the 5th National Conference for Emerging Researchers in Ageing: Research informing positive outcomes in older persons
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Centre for Education and Research on Ageing, University of Sydney
Publication Year 2006
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781864878738
1864878738
Editor Chris Stanley
Teri Roberts
Start page 160
End page 163
Total pages 4
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary Despite the best intentions, many local governments are paying little more than lip service to participatory governance in Australia. In particular, for a range of reasons, seniors may be excluded from local-level policy processes. Issues such as the devaluation of the experience and contribution of older people are leading to limited involvement of seniors and a lack of transparency. However, it needs to be acknowledged that engaging the diverse range of seniors in Australia is complex. The purpose of this research is to develop a model for the effective engagement of seniors in local governance. Issues of participatory governance have been debated in a number of disciplines, including political science, sociology, social work and urban planning. Specifically, issues include optimal levels of participation, the limitations of participation methodologies, and the devolution of power. With the ageing population, there is a need for a useable and evidence-based model for the engagement of seniors in local governance. This paper presents the rationale and initial planning for a PhD study leading to the development of such a model. Data will be collected in two stages: in-depth, semistructured focus groups, to inform a survey on the motivations and barriers to participation. It is intended that this research will contribute to a model grounded in the experiences of seniors which, if adopted by local governments and their community partners, will assist seniors to participate more fully in the governance of their local communities.
Subjects 1605 Policy and Administration
Keyword Seniors
Policy development
Community
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Presented during and published under Session G: "Social Policy". Abstract reproduced on p.27.

 
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