Creating Spaces of Engagement: Policy Justice and the Practical Craft of Deliberative Democracy

Edited by Leah R.E. Levac and Sarah Marie Wiebe

© 2020

There is a growing need for public buy-in if democratic processes are to run smoothly. But who exactly is "the public"? What does their engagement in policy-making processes look like? How can our understanding of "the public" be expanded to include – or be led by – diverse voices and experiences, particularly of those who have been historically marginalized? And what does this expansion mean not only for public policies and their development, but for how we teach policy? Drawing upon public engagement case studies, sites of inquiry, and vignettes, this volume raises and responds to these and other questions while advancing policy justice as a framework for public engagement and public policy.

Stretching the boundaries of deliberative democracy in theory and practice, Creating Spaces of Engagement offers critical reflections on how diverse publics are engaged in policy processes.

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Policy justice requires engagement of diverse people, knowledges, and forms of evidence at all stages of the policy-making process, from problem definition through to dissemination.

Creating Spaces of Engagement: Policy Justice and the Practical Craft of Deliberative Democracy

Edited by Leah R.E. Levac and Sarah Marie Wiebe

© 2020

There is a growing need for public buy-in if democratic processes are to run smoothly. But who exactly is "the public"? What does their engagement in policy-making processes look like? How can our understanding of "the public" be expanded to include – or be led by – diverse voices and experiences, particularly of those who have been historically marginalized? And what does this expansion mean not only for public policies and their development, but for how we teach policy? Drawing upon public engagement case studies, sites of inquiry, and vignettes, this volume raises and responds to these and other questions while advancing policy justice as a framework for public engagement and public policy.

Stretching the boundaries of deliberative democracy in theory and practice, Creating Spaces of Engagement offers critical reflections on how diverse publics are engaged in policy processes.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 464 pages
  • Illustrations: 18
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Leah R. E. Levac is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.


    Sarah Marie Wiebe is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Why Create Spaces of Engagement? Connecting Theory, Policy, and Practice
    Leah R.E. Levac, University of Guelph and Sarah Marie Wiebe, University of Hawai’i, Manoa

    Part One: Across Disciplines and Beyond the Academy: Stretching Deliberative Democratic Theory

    1. Revelatory Protest, Deliberative Exclusion, and the B.C. Missing Women Commission of Inquiry: Bridging the Micro/Macro Divide
    Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Simon Fraser University

    2. The Alberta Energy Futures Lab: A Case Study in Socio-Cultural Transition Through Public Engagement
    Stephen Williams, Energy Futures Lab

    3. Deliberative Democracy and Collective Impact: Seeing and Believing Shared Outcomes and Shared Participation
    Ellen Szarleta, Indiana University Northwest

    4. Northern Women’s Conceptualizations of Wellbeing: Engaging in the "Right" Policy Conversations
    Leah R.E. Levac, University of Guelph and Jacqueline Gillis, University of Guelph

    5. Unsettled Democracy: The Case of the Grandview-Woodlands Citizen Assembly
    Rachel Magnusson, City of Vancouver

    6. Opening to the Possible: Girls and Women with Disabilities Engaging in Vietnam
    Deborah Stienstra, University of Guelph and Xuan Thuy Nguyen, Carleton University

    Part Two: Centring Voices from the Margins: Expanding and Evaluating Engagement Practices

    7. How OpenMedia.ca Has Used Social Media to Engage Thousands in "Policy Hacking" for Regulatory Reforms at the CRTC and Other Government Bodies
    Tara Mahoney, Simon Fraser University

    8. An Experiment in Engaging the "Heart and Mind": Building Community Capacity on Post-Secondary Campuses
    Catriona Remocker, University of Victoria, Tim Dyck, University of Victoria, and Dan Reist, University of Victoria

    9. Art-Full Methods of Democratic Participation: Listening, Engagement, and Connection
    Joanna Ashworth, Simon Fraser University

    10. Power, Privilege, and Policy-Making: Reflections on “Changing Public Engagement from the Ground Up”
    Alana Cattapan, University of Waterloo, April Mandrona, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Tammy Findlay, Mount Saint Vincent University, and Alexandra Dobrowolsky, Saint Mary’s University

    11. Engaging with Women in Low-Income: Implications for Government-Convened Public Engagement Initiatives and Deliberative Democracy
    Leah R.E. Levac, University of Guelph

    Part Three: Effective and Affective Spaces of Deliberation

    12. The heART of Engagement: Experiences of a Community-Created Mobile Art Gallery in Brazil
    Bruno de Oliviera Jayme, Royal Roads University

    13. Temporary Labour Migrants’ Engagement and (Dis)engagement with the Policy Process
    Ethel Tungohan, York University

    14. Storytelling as Engagement: Learning from Youth Voices in Attawapiskat
    Sarah Marie Wiebe, University of Hawai’i, Manoa

    15. Making Spaces for Truth: Exploring the Lived Meanings of Deliberating Reconciliation in Higher Education
    Derek Tannis, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

    16. Global Development Agendas with Local Relevance? "Glocal" Approaches, Tensions, and Lessons on Measuring Aid Effectiveness
    Astrid Pérez Piñán, University of Victoria

    Conclusion: Concluding Reflections on Policy Justice Deliberative Democracy, Citizen Participation, and the Future of Policy-Making
    Leah R.E. Levac, University of Guelph and Sarah Marie Wiebe, University of Hawai’i, Manoa

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