There is an urgent need to rethink relationships between systems of government and those who are ‘governed’. This book explores ways of rethinking those relationships by bringing communities normally excluded from decision-making to centre stage to experiment with new methods of regulating for engagement.
Using original, co-produced research, it innovatively shows how we can better use a ‘bottom-up’ approach to design regulatory regimes that recognise the capabilities of communities at the margins and powerfully support the knowledge, passions and creativity of citizens. The authors provide essential guidance for all those working on co-produced research to make impactful change.
“An excellent book, which deserves to be widely read by all those involved in public policy and regulation.” Helen Sullivan, Australian National University
Morag McDermont is a Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Bristol.
Tim Cole is a Professor of Social History and Director of the Brigstow Institute at the University of Bristol.
Janet Newman is an Emeritus Professor at The Open University.
Angela Piccini is a Reader in Screen Media at the University of Bristol.
1. Introduction: From the regulation of engagement to regulating for engagement
2. Co-production as experimentation: the research forum as method
Box Feature Community researchers and community researcher training
3. Beyond Prevent: Muslim engagement in city governance
4. Regulating for care-ful knowledge production: researching older people, isolation and loneliness
5. Who gets to decide what's in my fridge?: principles for transforming the 'invisible rules' shaping the regulation of food habits in urban spaces
6. ‘Life Chances’: thinking with art to generate new understandings of low-income situations
7. The 4Ms project: young people, research and arts-activisms in a post-industrial place
8. Regulating Engagement Through Dissent
9. The role of community anchor organisations in regulating for engagement in a devolved government setting
10. Conclusion: Towards an Organic Model of Regulating for Engagement
Postscript : Engaging the University?