Citizen participation, community resilience and crisis-management policy

Stark, Alastair and Taylor, Monique (2014) Citizen participation, community resilience and crisis-management policy. Australian Journal of Political Science, 49 2: 300-315. doi:10.1080/10361146.2014.899966

Author Stark, Alastair
Taylor, Monique
Title Citizen participation, community resilience and crisis-management policy
Journal name Australian Journal of Political Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-1146
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2014.899966
Volume 49
Issue 2
Start page 300
End page 315
Total pages 16
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3312 Sociology and Political Science
Formatted abstract
This article presents two arguments. The first relates to the relevance of citizen participation vis-à-vis the design and implementation of public policy. More specifically, the article empirically demonstrates how a model of community decentralisation can have a number of practical benefits for crisis-management policy. The second argument relates to a question that has come to characterise studies of citizen participation in public policy. Why is it that there is so much rhetoric in support of participation but so little action in terms of the day-to-day realities of policy implementation? We place this question in a crisis-management context so that we might ask: why is it that crisis-management systems built around the principles of community resilience continue to fail on these very grounds? We find our answer to this question in state-centric governance settings which devolve authority, but do not relinquish it.
Keyword Crisis management
Community resilience
Public policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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