Power, Participation and Policy

Power, Participation and Policy : The Emancipatory Evolution of the Elite-controlled Policy Process

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Power, Participation, and Policy proposes an alternative approach to making sense of popular participation in the policy process, in light of the subtle workings of power in society. This study, based on field research carried out in Nepal, illustrates that the policy process is implicated in a web of "cultural politics" experienced by different stakeholders, namely their daily struggles to suture rifts in their identities in the face of competing demands arising from their daily social interaction. The constant renegotiations of the overall policy direction among decision-makers, combined with the contested nature of the policy implementation on the ground, provide a fertile ground for ordinary people to exert leverage over the unfolding of policymaking. Masaki therefore draws the conclusion that a potential for the "emancipation" of ordinary people is immanent in the day-to-day flow of policymaking.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 154.9 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0739111779
  • 9780739111772

About Katsuhiko Masaki

Katsuhiko Masaki is associate professor in the Department of Studies on Global Citizenship at Seisen University, Japan.show more

Review quote

This is an outstanding contribution to studies of power, participation, and policy. Drawing on in-depth fieldwork on participatory river control projects on Nepal, Masaki boldly challenges participation orthodoxies and queries the interventionist solutions to perceived social exclusion proposed by advocates of citizen participation. The exploration of the contingent and complex nature of policy processes unsettles conventional understandings of power that rest on simple dichotomies of the dominant and the dominated. This is essential reading for those interested in power, participation, and policy. -- Jude Howell, director, Centre for Civil Society, London School of Economicsshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks: Power, Participation, and Policy Chapter 3 The Rise and Fall of "Participatory" River Control at the Center Chapter 4 Localized Meanings of "Participatory" River Control in Bardiya Chapter 5 Village-level Unfolding of "Participatory" River Control (Majuwa) Chapter 6 Village-level Unfolding of "Participatory" River Control (Pyauli) Chapter 7 Conclusions and Implicationsshow more