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Learning from political sociology: structure, agency and inclusive governance

O'Toole, Therese and Gale, Richard T. 2008. Learning from political sociology: structure, agency and inclusive governance. The International Journal of Children's Rights 16 (3) , pp. 369-378. 10.1163/157181808X311204

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In this article, we consider the inclusion of children and young people in participatory governance processes. Whilst limitations are often evident in such processes, we argue that even participatory opportunities that are provided by the state and regarded as spaces into which citizens are invited can be "conquered by civil society demands for inclusion" (Cornwall and Coelho, 2006: 1). To this end, we suggest a practice-based and diachronic approach to studying the interactions between participatory structures and children and young people's agency. Being attentive to the agency of children and young people, and adopting a more diachronic approach to evaluating participatory initiatives, point to the possibility, we suggest, of seeing these relationships unfold in sometimes unexpected ways.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Participatory governance ; Strategies and tactics ; Habitus
Publisher: Ingenta
ISSN: 0927-5568
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:08

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