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Democratic engagement can save money for local government

26. May 2010 – 12:24 by Anthony Zacharzewski

Two UK-based PEP-NET associates have collaborated on a white paper considering whether local government can save money through democratic engagement.

The paper, Democracy Pays, has been produced by the Democratic Society in association with Public-I Ltd., and looks at examples of cost-saving democratic innovations from the UK and the rest of the world.

Its conclusion is that democratic engagement, whether online or off, can produce significant savings through better targeting of services, and stronger oversight of public expenditure.

The paper can be download in PDF format (16 pages) here.

OECD on Public engagement practices - new publication

6. July 2009 – 12:37 by Madarász Csaba

Complex policy issues cannot be solved by government alone. People have a major role to play in ensuring high-quality public services economically and achieving shared public policy goals.
How are OECD governments putting the principles of open and inclusive policy making into practice?  How can they ensure broader, more inclusive, participation?

This book provides answers to these questions, and more, based on a survey of governments in 25 countries, 14 in-depth country case studies and 18 opinion pieces from leading civil society and government practitioners. It includes 10 guiding principles to support open and inclusive policy making and service delivery in practice.”,3343,en_2649_33735_42216857_1_1_1_1,00.html

Citizen Engagement

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Publication Date:
8 June 2009
Pages: 200