The ministry of public input : integrating citizen views into political leadership / Jennifer Lees-Marshment, Associate Professor of Politics, School of Social Sciences, Politics and International Relations, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Lees-Marshment, Jennifer [Browse]
Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
x, 279 pages ; 23 cm.


  • Palgrave studies in political leadership series. [More in this series]
  • Palgrave studies in political leadership
Summary note
As political leaders accept the limits of their power and knowledge, they seek new forms of public input into government. This, however, raises profound questions as to how we ensure that public input is collected and processed appropriately and what political leaders are supposed to do with that public input. Through interviews with government ministers and practitioners, this study shows how politicians are becoming deliberative political leaders and integrating constructive input from inside and outside government into their decisionmaking. It also argues that we need to develop a permanent government unit to collect, process and communicate ongoing public input, such as a Ministry or Commission of Public Input. By improving public input systems, acknowledging the limits of their own power and knowledge, and devolving solution-fi nding to others, politicians are able to implement policy development that lasts beyond their time in power. Public input is not irreconcilable with political leadership; instead it is an essential step for any government that wishes to achieve significant and positive change.-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • 1. Building the Bridge: A Methodology for Connecting the Aspiration and Practicalities of Public Input and Political Leadership
  • 2. Changing Times: Politicians Talk of Partnership
  • 3. Mind the Gap: The Ideals of Public Input and the Mucky Reality of Government
  • 4. Collecting Public Input
  • 5. Processing Public Input
  • 6. Developing Political Leaders and the Public
  • 7. Ministers on Managing Public Input
  • 8. Ministers on Integrating Public Input into Decision Making
  • 9. Deliberative Political Leadership and the Ministry of Public Input.
  • 9781137017772
  • 1137017775
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