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The Professionalization of Public Participation

The Professionalization of Public Participation is an edited collection of essays by leading and emerging scholars examining the emerging profession of public participation professional.

Public participation professionals are persons working in the public, private or third sectors that are paid to design, implement, and/or facilitate participatory forums. The rapid growth and proliferation of participatory arrangements call for expertise in the organizing of public participation. The contributors analyze the professionalization of this practice in different countries (United States, France, Canada, Italy, and the United Kingdom) to see how their actions challenge the development of participatory arrangements. Designing such processes is a delicate activity, since it may affect not only the quality of the processes and their legitimacy, but also their capacity to influence decision-making.

Table des matières:

Chapter 1: Introduction. The public participation professional: an invisible but pivotal actor in participatory processes

Laurence Bherer, Mario Gauthier & Louis Simard

Section I. Specific context

Chapter 2: Innovating public participation. The role of PPPs and institutions in Italy

Rodolfo Lewanski & Stefania Ravazzi

Chapter 3: The participatory democracy market in France: Between standardization and fragmentation

Alice Mazeaud & Magali Nonjon

Chapter 4: Public participation professionals in the US: Confronting challenges of equity and empowerment

Caroline W. Lee

Chapter 5: Who’s the client? The sponsor, citizens, or the participatory process? Tensions in the Quebec (Canada) public participation field

Laurence Bherer, Mario Gauthier & Louis Simard

Chapter 6: Expertise, professionalization and reflexivity in mediating public participation: Perspectives from STS and British science and democracy

Jason Chilvers

Section II. Actors and networks

Chapter 7: Making it official: Participation professionals and the challenge of institutionalizing deliberative democracy

Oliver Escobar

Chapter 8: Negotiating professional boundaries: Learning from collaboration between academics and deliberation practitioners

David Kahane & Kristjana Loptson

Chapter 9: Making citizen panels a "universal bestseller": Transnational mobilization practices of public participation advocates

Nina Amelung & Louisa Grabner

Chapter 10: Learning to facilitate: Implications for skill development in the public participation field

Kathryn S. Quick & Jodi R. Sandfort

Chapter 11: Conclusion

Laurence Bherer, Mario Gauthier & Louis Simard

Auteurs et appartenances institutionnelles

Laurence Bherer is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the Political Science Department at the Université de Montréal. Her research focuses on participatory democracy, local democracy and urban politics in Canada and Europe.

Mario Gauthier is Full Professor of Urban Studies in the Social Sciences Department at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. His research work concerns urban and regional planning, environmental impact assessment and sustainable development.

Louis Simard is Associate Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research work focuses on public participation, instruments of public action, social acceptability and organizational learning in the environmental and energy sectors.

Références bibliographiques ou publications associées

Laurence Bherer, Mario Gauthier, Louis Simard (eds.), The Professionalization of Public Participation, Routledge, 2017.

ISBN: 9781138638129 (version papier)

ISBN:  9781138638112 (version broché)

Date de publication ou de début de la recherche
15 février 2017
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