Public Engagement in the Welsh Parliament

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Prior, A. and Stirbu, D. (2023). Public Engagement in the Welsh Parliament. International Journal of Parliamentary Studies. 3 (1), pp. 63-93. https://doi.org/10.1163/26668912-bja10059
AuthorsPrior, A. and Stirbu, D.
AbstractThis article provides an analysis of public engagement as it is practised and conceptualised by the Welsh Parliament. It does so by applying an interpretive framework to elite interviews and parliamentary committee report forewords, in order to identify institutional narratives of public engagement. These narratives are identified and discussed at three different levels of decision-making (and in ascending levels of ‘abstraction’): practice, strategy, and concept. The chosen framework and methodology show the usefulness of narrative at a conceptual and analytical level. The conclusions drawn – regarding 1) the need for a shift from public-facing to public-engaging committee work, 2) a lack of clarity on desired outcomes, and 3) continued tensions around sources of evidence and knowledge – are relevant and applicable to parliaments across a range of contexts.
Year2023
JournalInternational Journal of Parliamentary Studies
Journal citation3 (1), pp. 63-93
PublisherBrill
ISSN2666-8904
2666-8912
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/26668912-bja10059
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Deposited17 Apr 2023
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