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Mediating the publics of public participation experiments

Mahony, Nick (2010). Mediating the publics of public participation experiments. In: Mahony, Nick; Newman, Janet and Barnett, Clive eds. Rethinking the Public: Innovations in Research, Theory and Politics. Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 15–28.

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This chapter explores how the publics of contemporary participative experiments are engaged and enrolled into forms of public action. To do this the chapter reflects on and compares a local governmental, a social movement and a popular media event. Rather than assuming that the publics of these participative experiments already existed, the chapter considers the range of ways that these publics were convened and how these publics interacted in these settings. It shows how the apparently 'new' publics of these experiments were called up by invoking various pre-existing norms of public action and begins to consider how these mediated forms of public action might be conceptualised.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2010 Policy Press
ISBN: 1-84742-416-3, 978-1-84742-416-7
Keywords: participation; publics; mediation; experimentation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 22828
Depositing User: Nick Mahony
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2010 13:22
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:51
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