Can Citizen Governance Redress the Representative Bias of Political Participation?
Article first published online: 15 APR 2009
Copyright © 2009 The American Society for Public Administration
Public Administration Review
Volume 69, Issue 3, pages 494–503, May/June 2009
How to Cite
John, P. (2009), Can Citizen Governance Redress the Representative Bias of Political Participation?. Public Administration Review, 69: 494–503. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2009.01995.x
- Issue published online: 15 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 15 APR 2009
Can a more collaborative form of public management correct for the historical link between social and economic status (SES) and political participation? New initiatives to involve the citizen directly in public decision making—citizen governance—aim to include a wider representation of groups in society because they draw from service users and seek to recruit hard-to-reach groups. To test the claim that citizen governance may be more representative than other acts of political participation, this essay reports data from the 2005 English and Welsh Citizenship Survey. Using descriptive statistics and regression analysis, it finds evidence that citizen governance is more representative than civic activities, especially for young people and ethnic minority communities. Policy makers can fine-tune their interventions to reach underrepresented groups without believing the citizen governance is a panacea for long-running biases in civic participation.