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Commentary: Public Engagers and the Political Craft of Participatory Policy Making


  • Oliver Escobar works for the Public Policy Network at the University of Edinburgh. He is a Beltane Public Engagement Fellow (UK Beacons for Public Engagement) and Honorary Fellow of the Centre for Dialogue at Queen Margaret University. His areas of research and practice are participatory policy making, deliberative democracy, and public engagement. He authored the open-access book Public Dialogue and Deliberation: A Communication Perspective for Public Engagement Practitioners ( E-mail:

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