Does Public Involvement Enhance Tough Decision-Making?

A local Council in Scotland is considering convening a Citizens Panel to consider the next round of difficult cuts to local budgets. This opinion piece debates whether public involvement is a value-added, or if it just slows down decisionmaking.

From the Inverness Courier: "Supporters say they increase public participation in the political process and even contribute to stability and happiness. The mere threat of a plebiscite is often enough to force elected members to seek a compromise solution or amend an unpopular policy.

Opponents complain they slow the decision-making process down and deter politicians from seeking bold solutions to problems."

Thanks to Beth Offenbacker

Full Story: Exercise in democracy or passing the buck?

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