Key Concepts in Governance provides a clear introduction to the technical concepts and policies of contemporary governance through short definitional essays. Each entry features a snapshot definition of the concept, a contextualization of the concept, an overview of relevant debates, and a guide to further reading. The book also includes a substantial introductory chapter which gives an overview of governance studies as a whole, orientating and guiding the reader around the issues that the concepts address.
Dialogic policy-making is a process in which citizens actively participate in the creation of public policies. It encourages and values collective deliberation. To be more specific, dialogic and deliberative approaches to policy [Page 68]give citizens an opportunity to exchange relevant viewpoints and arguments prior to the adoption of a policy. The dialogic process might be overseen or facilitated by public officials. Alternatively, public officials might provide one voice among the many in the dialogue. The dialogic process might be a way of reaching a decision or an exercise in consultation.
Advocates of dialogic approaches argue that they encourage joint learning and collective agreements. Typically, dialogic policy-making is an iterative process. The repeated negotiation of conflicting interests and beliefs discourages participants from remaining stubbornly uncompromising. ...