Facilitators: The micropolitics of public participation and deliberation

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Most of the forms of public participation explored throughout this Handbook are supported by a range of practitioners whose work is often rendered invisible in the study of democratic innovations. Facilitators are key agents at the frontline of current democratic practices. This chapter is about agency and the micropolitics of participatory processes, particularly of the deliberative kind. The chapter analyses the role of facilitation practitioners, their different types, their defining practices, as well as their influence on participatory processes. Drawing on a review of interdisciplinary literature, as well as on original empirical work, this chapter offers conceptual and analytical foundations for the study of facilitation practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Democratic Innovation and Governance
EditorsStephen Elstub, Oliver Escobar
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781786433862
ISBN (Print)9781786433855
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2019


  • facilitation
  • facilitator
  • democratic innovation
  • participation
  • deliberation
  • micropolitics


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