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Title: Citizens' Juries: From Deliberation to Intervention
Author: Kashefi, Elham
ISNI:       0000 0001 3595 2966
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2006
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. This thesis is a post-hoc analysis of two citizens' Juries ,that took place in Burnley, I~:ast Lancashire, between 1998 and 2000. One was commissioned by a community organisation as an independent piece of activist research, the other was funded by a statutory agency in response to the government drive to increase public involvement in decision maki~g. I provide some analysis of why the government may be pursuing community involvement, and· how, as researchers and activists, we should position ourselves in response to this. I. argue that the drive towards increased public involvement is part of a 'governing at a distance'; that concepts such as community, social cohesion and social capital can be seen as technologies of government, used to shape and control our attitudes, and therefore our behaviour, and that community development is in danger of being used as a governmental tool to deliver Third Way social policies, to create active citizens and placate the disaffected. I consider how constructions of 'the public' have limited rather than increased participation, and by considering current initiatives in health, argue that public involvement has become part of the audit or performance management of public services and professionals. I examine the development of citizens' juries and argue that rather than opening up opportunities for debate, citizens' juries have more often acted as spaces which silence citizens. I re-examine the Burnley juries, and drawing on the transcripts and evaluation interviews, present the different ways they could be seen as technologies· of intervention. In the concluding chapter, I consider the potential of the juries to have been implicated in increasing social control of people in South West Burnley, but maintain that their significance lay in their capacity to open up new spaces for knowledge creation based on the stories of people's lives.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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