Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Canada's Public Policy Forum. We open this new chapter of our history with the launch of a remarkable new book written by our distinguished colleague, Don Lenihan, entitled Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement. Don re-visits the true meaning of public engagement and its crucial importance for policy-making across Canada. A must read.
Why read this book?
This book argues that public engagement is the right response to the rise of the consumer model of politics and the crisis that it has created in public policy. The book is an authoritative and accessible guide to collaborative policy-making and the engagement processes that support it. With original case studies, this book will be of interest to students of government and governance from across the policy community.
This book draws on the findings of the Public Engagement Project, a two-year initiative involving seven provincial/territorial governments - British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut - the Canada School of Public Service, the City of Hamilton and the Government of Australia.
About the author
Dr. Don Lenihan is Vice President, Engagement at the Public Policy Forum in Ottawa, Canada. He is an internationally recognized expert on democracy and public engagement, accountability and service delivery. Don has over 25 years of experience in the field as a project leader, writer, speaker, senior government advisor, trainer and facilitator. He is the author of numerous articles, studies and books.
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What early readers say...
"Governments work best when they include people in the decisions that touch their lives. Lenihan's work provides a thoughtful analysis of the factors that influence those decisions, and draws a roadmap toward new models of citizen engagement."
"A great read and a reminder why I come to work each day..."
"...a must-read, particularly for the skeptics, who still think of engagement as utopia. It can be done, and Lenihan shows us how."
"This book gives me hope that our elected governments really can work with the public to find sustainable solutions to the complex public policy issues of our generation"
"Governments need to find new ways to restore confidence and generate new processes. Public engagement may just be the answer."
"Lenihan delivers a sharp and telling critique of the shortcomings of contemporary policy-making... He also proposes a provocative way out..."
"Don Lenihan sets out a blueprint for a new open-source democracy which is an ambitious call to action for citizens, elected officials, and policy leaders..."
"...a persuasive and very readable book that makes a compelling case for public engagement..."
"This work...provides a valuable contribution to our discussions on effectively engaging citizens in the public policy process."
"...an important analysis of the challenges facing policy makers in an increasingly complex and interconnected world..."
"Rescuing Policy shines a much needed light on the damage "consumer politics" is having on Canadian society and offers an exciting alternative to realize the potential and promise of our communities."
"Don Lenihan accurately frames the emerging challenges confronting policy-makers created by changing demographics and expectations among citizens. There is growing need to rethink how government engages the public, and Lenihan's ideas are part of the solution."