Public policy, governance and participation in the UK: a space for children?

Margaret Arnott

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Abstract

This article considers key concerns which have occupied political scientists' analyses of 'participation'. Children have seldom featured in these analyses. 'Participation' in public policy initiatives have been used as a means of (re)building 'trust' and 'renewing democracy'. In recent years we have seen some shift towards viewing children as direct participants in public policy. There are signs that the government in the UK is including children more directly in policies designed to 'renew' democracy and 'civil society' and that such policies are not confined to proposals to lower the voting age.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-367
Number of pages13
JournalThe International Journal of Children's Rights
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • voting age
  • public policy
  • democracy

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