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Decision-making and participation: the Watertime results

Decision-making and participation: the Watertime results

Hall, David, Katko, Tapio, Sanz Mulas, Andres, Lobina, Emanuele and De La Motte, Robin (2007) Decision-making and participation: the Watertime results. Utilities Policy, 15 (2). pp. 151-159. ISSN 0957-1787 (doi:10.1016/j.jup.2007.02.006)

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Abstract

The Watertime project developed analytical narratives of decision-making episodes relating to water services in 29 European cities. These narratives identified the impact on a rational choice process of the cumulative activities of a range of interest-seeking actors, and the degree of public participation in these decisions. Parallel studies identified the national and international contexts, the long-term historical context, and the constraints on future possibilities created by these contexts. The relationship between the actors, factors and contexts and the decision-making process is analysed using the concept of the public sphere. This acts as a democratic medium which absorbs the activities of actors pursuing their own goals, the influence of various factors, and the constraints of history and assessments of the future, and generates autonomous public activity which creates a public interest basis for decisions of the state and public authorities. A set of good practice recommendations, and a participatory decision support system, were derived. The analysis explains the importance of public participation and transparency for the quality of public decision-making and is applicable in principle to multiple levels of decision-making.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper published in special issue of Utilities Policy, Volume 15, Issue 2 (June 2007) - entitled The Watertime Project, and edited by David Hall.
Uncontrolled Keywords: decision-making, participation, public sphere, public services, water
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:13
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5282

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