Counter-governance : citizen participation beyond collaboration

  • The theory and practice of urban governance in recent years has undergone both a collaborative and participatory turn. The strong connection between collaboration and participation has meant that citizen participation in urban governance has been conceived in a very particular way: as varying levels of partnership between state actors and citizens. This over-focus on collaboration has led to: 1) a dearth of proposals in theory and practice for citizens to engage oppositionally with institutions; 2) the miscasting of agonistic opportunities for participation as forms of collaboration; 3) an inability to recognise the irruption of agonistic practices into participatory procedures. This article attempts to expand the conception of participatory urban governance by adapting Rosanvallon’s (2008) three democratic counter-powers—prevention, oversight and judgement—to consider options for institutionalising agonistic participatory practices. It argues that these counter-governance processes would more fully realise the inclusion agenda that underpins the participatory governance project.

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Author:Rikki John Dean
Parent Title (English):Politics and Governance
Publisher:Cogitatio Press
Place of publication:Lisbon
Contributor(s):Liz Richardson
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/04/03
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/08/14
Tag:agonism; collaborative governance; counter-democracy; counter-governance; participation; participatory governance; urban governance
Page Number:9
First Page:180
Last Page:188
© 2018 by the author; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY).
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0