Responsible participation and housing: restoring democratic theory to the scene

Paddison, R., Docherty, I. and Goodlad, R. (2008) Responsible participation and housing: restoring democratic theory to the scene. Housing Studies, 23(1), pp. 129-147. (doi: 10.1080/02673030701731274)

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Tensions between individual liberty and collective social justice characterise many advanced liberal societies. These tensions are reflected in the challenges posed for representative democracy both by participatory democratic practices and by the current emphasis on (so-called) responsible participation. Based on the example of ‘community’ housing associations in Scotland, this paper explores these tensions. It is argued that the critique of responsibility may have been over-stated – that, in particular, ‘community’ housing associations offer the basis for relatively more inclusive and effective processes of decision-making than council housing, which relies on the traditional processes and institutions of representative local government for its legitimacy.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paddison, Professor Ronan and Docherty, Professor Iain
Authors: Paddison, R., Docherty, I., and Goodlad, R.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2008 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 23(1):129-147
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
216781Competitive Place, Divided Spaces: Urban Change in Central ScotlandIvan TurokEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)L130251040SPS - URBAN STUDIES