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The Public and Decision-making Process: Who and Why Needs Citizen Participation?


  • O. Bychkova.


The participation of the public in the decision-making and policy discussion is expected to allow the officials to re-valuate the proposed decisions, save money on their implementation and restore public trust in government. However, from the point of view of bureaucrats, direct participation is often unproductive: you are required to spend work time and energy on discussions with non-experts and have no means to predict the effectiveness and efficiency of these debates. The article considers theories and empirical studies that can explain a new fashion trend of openness and transparency in world’s public policy and problems with its implementation. The article also evaluates the applicability of republican tradition to modern policy-making and analyzes alternative mode of public involvement.

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  • O. Bychkova., 2014. "The Public and Decision-making Process: Who and Why Needs Citizen Participation?," VOPROSY ECONOMIKI, N.P. Redaktsiya zhurnala "Voprosy Economiki", vol. 6.
  • Handle: RePEc:nos:voprec:2014-06-4

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    1. Pavlov, Pavel (Павлов, Павел), 2015. "Development of 'Open Government' Mechanisms in Russia [Развитие Механизмов «Открытого Правительства» В России]," Published Papers mn28, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

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    public policy; rule-making; open government; transparency; public participation.;

    JEL classification:

    • H10 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - General
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • Z18 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Public Policy
    • N42 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-


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