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.
February 10, 2010, 12pm PST | beth@publicdecisions.com
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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

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Published on Friday, February 5, 2010 in The Inverness Courier
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