Governance in the grey area: The challenge of representing, and involving, seniors in policy processes

Petriwskyj, A. M. (2008) Governance in the grey area: The challenge of representing, and involving, seniors in policy processes : COTA National

Author Petriwskyj, A. M.
Title of report Governance in the grey area: The challenge of representing, and involving, seniors in policy processes
Publication date 2008
Publisher COTA National
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Language eng
Subjects 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract Seniors’ participation in decision-making around issues that affect them is seen as increasingly important, particularly as population ageing highlights seniors’ issues. However, understanding that seniors are diverse and involving them in an inclusive way is complex for both governments and the organisations with which they consult and work in partnership. Designing opportunities for participation that are inclusive and genuine requires an understanding of the factors contributing to, and impeding, participation. This report recounts recent qualitative research exploring the factors affecting participation by seniors in local governance. Findings from this case study of local government to explore the dynamics to participation in policy processes and decision making, have relevance and important implications for organisations such as COTA Over 50s. Recommendations include 1. Recognition that diversity is critical to inclusiveness 2. Recognition that diversity extends beyond the traditional focus on culture or ethnicity 3. Recognition that organisations like COTA Over 50s play a vital role in inclusive policy-making and 4. Development of guidelines for inclusive participatory processes Introduction
Keyword Older persons - social inclusion

 
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