Patterns of public participation: opportunity structures and mobilization from a cross-national perspective

Slutsky, Jean, Tumilty, Emma, Max, Catherine, Lu, Lanting, Tantivess, Sripen, Curi Hauegen, Renata, Whitty, Jennifer A ORCID:, Weale, Albert, Pearson, Steven D., Tugendhaft, Aviva, Wang, Hufeng, Staniszewska, Sophie, Weerasuriya, Krisantha, Ahn, Jeonghoon and Cubillos, Leonardo (2016) Patterns of public participation: opportunity structures and mobilization from a cross-national perspective. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 30 (5). pp. 751-768. ISSN 1477-7266

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Purpose: The paper summarizes data from twelve countries, chosen to exhibit wide variation, on the role and place of public participation in the setting of priorities. It seeks to exhibit cross-national patterns in respect of public participation, linking those differences to institutional features of the countries concerned. Design/methodology/approach: The approach is an example of case-orientated qualitative assessment of participation practices. It derives its data from the presentation of country case studies by experts on each system. The country cases are located within the historical development of democracy in each country. Findings: Patterns of participation are widely variable. Participation that is effective through routinized institutional processes appears to be inversely related to contestatory participation that uses political mobilization to challenge the legitimacy of the priority setting process. No system has resolved the conceptual ambiguities that are implicit in the idea of public participation. Originality/value: The paper draws on a unique collection of country case studies in participatory practice in prioritization, supplementing existing published sources. In showing that contestatory participation plays an important role in a sub-set of these countries it makes an important contribution to the field because it broadens the debate about public participation in priority setting beyond the use of minipublics and the observation of public representatives on decision-making bodies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: resource allocation,priority setting,contestatory participation,public participation,cross-national comparisons
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 May 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 01:08
DOI: 10.1108/JHOM-03-2016-0037

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