Citizen Involvement is key


I believe in order to successfully turn the bigger government policies into detailed effective practice, it is  important to involve the citizens the policy will affect in all stages of its development and implementation. This is about going far beyond what is often meaningless consultations and actually involve citizens as partners in the policy, taking some responsibility for the success. It is about involving many citizens in many ways, some small some fundamentally large, and ensuring those citizens who take a paid large role are accountable to all the citizens who do not or can not have an involvement.


By involving citizens at all levels, it will create a level of ownership which will enable the policy to be more successfully implemented in a new way of co-produced governance.


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