[LINK] Government 2.0: Policy and Practice

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Wed Jun 24 19:32:28 EST 2009

Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>> Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>>> Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>>>> Tom Worthington wrote:
>>>>> At 08:54 AM 23/06/2009, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
>>>>>> ... I don't think that we have any form of participatory 
>>>>>> democracy ...
>>>>>> I was referring to the comment you made in your original email ...
>>>>> I wasn't talking about "participatory democracy" and did not 
>>>>> mention it in that posting:  
>>>>> <http://mailman.anu.edu.au/pipermail/link/2009-June/084189.html>.
>>>> In your email you used the term "participatory government" which I 
>>>> (maybe mistakenly) assumed you were talking about in the context 
>>>> of  "participatory democracy".
>>>> So what did you mean by "participatory government"?
>>> From a speaker's perspective - this is the Public Sphere #2 model: 
>> In the context of "participatory government" and "participatory 
>> democracy", participatory usually means being part of the decision 
>> making process. This is the part that worries me.
>> My preference is for competent people to make decisions and be 
>> responsible/accountable for those decisions. It seems to me that 
>> participatory government/democracy leaves out the 
>> competent/responsible/accountable bits.
> Bernard,
> Competent, Responsible and Accountable to who? 
The electorate.


Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
brd at iimetro.com.au

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