Catherine Durose

Catherine Durose
University of Birmingham · Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)

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Taking a design approach to addressing policy failings is about having a strong sense of what the alternatives could be; it is an inherently optimistic approach. Design principles have clear appeal in the current policy context. Design presents an alternative to mass-processing, allowing user adaptations to facilitate differentiation and deal with...
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Chapter One set out heuristics that illuminated the underpinning and interlocking elements of policy design – power, vision and grammar – and contrasting policy designs, conventional and co-productive. It focused on the first of these elements – power – and how differing interpretations of power informs contrasting notions of policy design. This ch...
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Drawing on twelve compelling international contributions, this important book argues that traditional technocratic ways of designing policy are now inadequate and instead suggests co-production as a more democratic alternative. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students.
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This book is a response to the crisis of design in public policy. It comes from the authors’ and contributors’ outrage at injustice, incompetence and the imposition of policy solutions, but also recognition of the inability of current policy design to deal with many of the complex problems that face modern societies. The writers involved in this bo...
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Working alongside 30 individual contributors, the authors are two researchers working in research-intensive higher education institutions in the UK. We are long-standing collaborators whose research interests convene around the politics, policies and practices of participation, particularly at the neighbourhood or local level. The scholarship of in...
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Drawing on twelve compelling international contributions, this important book argues that traditional technocratic ways of designing policy are now inadequate and instead suggests co-production as a more democratic alternative. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers and students.
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Design is about ‘designing schemes for designing institutions’ (Goodin, 1996 p. 28 cited in Lowndes and Roberts, 2013, p. 187). But design is ‘not a cookbook’; there is no simple fail-safe recipe to follow (Bobrow and Dryzek, 1987, p. 207; Boyer, Cook and Steinberg, 2011, p. 87). The stagist model of the policy process has been rejected in favour o...
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This book advances an emergent critique that conventional, constituted approaches to policy making and analysis are limited in their potential to address ‘wicked’ and ‘squishy’ policy problems which we face as a society. These problems range from the challenges of a super-diverse society to environmental sustainability to the future of public servi...
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The aim in this book is to frame a debate on how policy making may be better able to address some of the wicked and squishy problems facing societies. The intention has not simply been to offer an empirical description of how policy making works, though many of the contributions are illuminating in that regard. Rather, the aim is to initiate a conv...
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Co-production refers to a reciprocal process of exchange between diverse stakeholders, in order to generate outcomes that are only possible because of this deliberate intersection of difference. Whilst the concept of co-production appeals within and for futures studies, foresight and anticipatory politics, its conceptual messiness has been widely c...
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This article places those working for change in urban neighbourhoods at the centre of debates on urban transformation, directing attention to the importance of human agency in the work of assembling urban transformation. Drawing on cross-national qualitative fieldwork undertaken over 30 months shadowing 40 urban practitioners in neighbourhoods acro...
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We advance theorizing on the governance of the commons through a configurative comparative analysis (CCA) of community control in the housing commons. We focus our analysis on community land trusts (CLTs), which are increasingly recognised as a potential governance mechanism for collective access to housing provision for low-income communities. Thr...
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This article asks why institutional designs for urban governance are so often incomplete and what a critical perspective on incompleteness may offer. We develop a novel conceptual framework distinguishing between incompleteness as description (a deficit to be ‘designed-out’), action (‘good enough’ design to be worked with and around), and prescript...
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Despite the potential promise of more participatory urban governance, some debates do not sufficiently reflect difficult realities. This paper aims to make good on this by maintaining reflexivity about tensions. Drawing on traditions of pragmatism, the paper identifies tyrannies besetting understandings of participatory governance. Tyrannies are wa...
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Jam and Justice aims to create a distinctive space for social innovation to co-produce, test and learn about new ways of governing cities. We are exploring the value and practice of co-production to address complex urban problems through initiating a series of social innovation projects to test what works for citizen participation in decision-makin...
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The puzzle of causal explanation is a core issue for social science. Adherence to the concept of mechanisms in a contemporary context is distinguished from the idea that the social world can be modelled mechanistically. Citizen participation is a highly salient topic which demands a thorough understanding of causation. There have been many ‘just ad...
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Decentralized decision making has created restructuring from larger to smaller administrative units, but in many places, strays little from existing arrangements. Moves toward decentralization from central government to city‐regions, and in some areas, below city‐region scale to neighborhoods, reflect a mandate for reform. What is the nature and ex...
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To assess whether research is relevant to society, ask the stakeholders, say Catherine Durose, Liz Richardson and Beth Perry. To assess whether research is relevant to society, ask the stakeholders, say Catherine Durose, Liz Richardson and Beth Perry.
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There are many critiques of existing forms of urban governance as not fit for purpose. However, what alternatives might look like is equally contested. Coproduction is proposed as a response to address complex wicked issues. Achieving coproduction is a highly complex and daunting task. Bottom up approaches to the initiation of coproduced governance...
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Research into the barriers of getting evidence produced by academics into policymaking processes has often highlighted the lack of research on academics and what they do, as compared to what policymakers do. This was most recently highlighted in a systematic review of the literature (Oliver et al, 2014). This paper reports on research carried out w...
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This chapter looks at the legacy of three projects which connected research and policy communities, through the development of ‘policy briefs’ for the UK Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). These were short and accessible reviews of research relevant to policy on localism. Starting from an understanding of policy-making as meanin...
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Introduction In this chapter we look at the legacy of a set of Connected Communities (CC) projects which made connections between the ‘research community’ of academics and the ‘policy community’ of civil servants based at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), UK. They had the potential to leave behind something which might hav...
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Co-production is not a new concept but it is one with renewed prominence and reach in contemporary policy discourse. It refers to joint working between people or groups who have traditionally been separated into categories of user and producer. The article focuses on the coproduction of public services, offering theory-based and knowledge-based rou...
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An info-sheet introducing the Jam and Justice project and outlining how people in Greater Manchester can get involved @jamandjustice. For more info, contact us: jamandjustice@gmail.com
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This article responds to and develops the fragmented literature exploring intermediation in public administration and urban governance. It uses Q-methodology to provide a systematic comparative empirical analysis of practitioners who are perceived as making a difference in urban neighborhoods. Through this analysis, an original set of five profiles...
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While it challenges academic research with new political and policy problems, the restructuring of citizen/state relationships coincides with growing pressure for academic research to ‘make a difference’. Drawing on four Connected Communities projects, this chapter argues that conceptualising research use as practices of translation seems fruitful....
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Chapter One develops heuristics to encourage lateral thinking about policy design. By using heuristics, we are able to both understand how policy design works, but also to generate alternative designs. The chapters turns to focus on power, often a hidden struggle in policy design, but which fundamentally informs and shapes the vision–the valued out...
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Chapter Three explores the contrast to conventional policy design, developing a heuristic to consider co-production as a radical alternative. Co-production has become a ubiquitous term in contemporary policy, which builds on a rich, diverse and contested lineage of theory and experimentation. Advocating co-production rests on the recognition that t...
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Theories of policy making offer competing conceptualisations of conventional policy design. The first gives us a sense of a reassuringly logical, thoughtful and intelligent world inhabited by elites who can best look after citizens’ interests. The second draws back the curtain to reveal a harsh, contingent world of hard-fought and brutish policy co...
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Introduction Complex social and governance problems have engaged academic researchers ever since the closely linked emergence of public welfare policy and associated academic disciplines in the post-Second World War era (Lindblom and Cohen, 1979; Fischer, 2003). In the UK's recent past, governments’ demand for research rose as both New Labour and t...
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By linking contemporary practice using design principles in policy with political science and public administration theories, this book offers a distinctive contribution to debates on policy design. The book is conceived as a conversation between theory and practice. It goes beyond traditional scholarship to offer not solely a critique of what exis...
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This paper develops a critique of the current model of research governance ethics which casts communities as vulnerable subjects. The paper constructs an alternative approach to thinking about the twin challenges of research governance and reflexive research practice through reframing ideas of public value and rejecting a public harm model. We use...
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This review article debates the democratic consequences of arm's length governance challenging the prevailing view that its use is necessarily counter-democratic and a poor substitute for direct control by elected politicians. The article explores the roots of the dominant 'democratic deficit' perspective on arm's length bodies in the agency proble...
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Purpose – Involving communities, citizens and service users in the design and delivery of public services has long been a key aim of government policy and arguably has it never been more important than within times of austerity. Yet, whilst acknowledging the importance of engagement, many health and social care organisations struggle with this in p...
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There is a critique of research conducted in communities which fails to include communities in its design and undertaking. In parallel, academic research is increasingly being measured according to its benefit to the wider society. Co-productive research is a response to these challenges which offers a way of recognizing the resource contribution o...
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Political representation in the UK continues to be dominated by white, middle-aged, middle-class men, but several equalities groups now have an established presence in national political institutions. This article draws on research with stakeholder organisations, lobby groups for under-represented groups within political parties, former, current an...
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'Neighbourhood' was a key political and administrative concept for the New Labour administration and was the spatial focus for a proliferation of initiatives in the early period. Yet since 2006, the appeal and use of 'neighbourhood' have waned as evidence of the impact of neighbourhood interventions over the last decade has emerged, along with acti...
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Lipsky's work on ‘street-level bureaucracy’ drew attention to the significant contribution to policy making made by front-line workers. This article revisits Lipsky's seminal analysis to explore whether contemporary front-line work in local governance presents a challenge to the ‘street-level bureaucrat’ characterisation. Since Lipsky's analysis, l...
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‘Neighbourhood’ is a long standing concept in local governance which was re-energised as part of the post-1997 New Labour policy paradigm. This paper builds on the work of Lowndes and Sullivan which identified four distinct rationales for neighbourhood working – civic, social, political and economic. The utility of the framework is explored through...
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This concluding section matches the three dimensions of citizenship to the processes of enactment created by the local e-government programme, to develop some conclusions on how e-citizenship is emerging in the UK. Citizenship as status has been a significant issue in the development of e-government more generally in the UK. Citizenship as rights a...
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This book brings together recent empirical analyses of renegotiating the roles of citizens and their relationships to public governance in different contexts. It looks at the different ways in which citizens are conceptualised in local governance; the new demands they are facing from local governance; and how they themselves perceive and respond to...
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This chapter looks at the different definitions of neighbourhood, and discusses the underlying aims of neighbourhood working and what these imply for citizens. It describes a typology of the different aims of neighbourhood-based working and applies this to an exploration of how neighbourhoods' agenda has evolved, and how well the needs of citizens...
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The picture this collection paints is of a series of genuine attempts by different sorts of decision makers to fundamentally change the way that local areas are governed. The changes are designed to draw citizens in more closely towards the local state. The chapters illustrate that there are high stakes for decision makers in changing local governa...
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Introduction Renegotiating the roles of citizens and their relationships to public governance have been policy preoccupations of New Labour during its period in office. As Clarke (2005: 447) observes: ‘at different points, citizens have been activated, empowered, and made the subjects of responsibilities as well as rights’. This is not just a New L...
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Introduction ‘Neighbourhood’ is a longstanding concept in public policy, with numerous initiatives and policy directives focusing on ‘neighbourhood’ being part of the policy agenda from the 1960s onwards. The ‘neighbourhood’ has re-emerged under New Labour as an organisational anchor for the promotion of planned change, a site for local governance...
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The relationship between citizens and local decision makers is a long-standing policy pre-occupation and has often been the subject of debate by politicians across parties. Recent governments have sought to empower, activate, and give responsibility to some citizens, while other groups have been abandoned or ignored. Drawing on extensive up-to-date...
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One of the aims of this special issue is to ‘decentre’ a key facet of governance, namely networks. This article considers in particular the concept ‘networked community governance’, a key part of New Labour‘s reforms in local governance and, in particular, around neighbourhood-based working. This article draws on interpretive methods and analysis t...
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The relationship between citizens and local decision makers is a long standing policy pre-occupation and has often been the subject of debate by politicians across parties. Recent governments have sought to empower, activate and give responsibility to some citizens, while other groups have been abandoned or ignored. Drawing on extensive up-to-date...
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This paper argues that Best Practice and innovation are different, if related activities, with Best Practice being just one of the means by which organisations can innovate. After reviewing the literatures on innovation diffusion and policy transfer, this paper reports the findings of two surveys of Best Practice in English local authorities on, re...
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This chapter explores changes to the representation policies in the UK, Scottish, and Welsh legislatures, in local government and the nonelected state. It then investigates the way in which executive and administrative policies under New Labour have been engendered not only through the establishment of a Women's Policy Unit and mainstreaming polici...
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Traditional understandings of public policy implementation have emphasised front line workers operating in hierarchical bureaucracies. This perspective now faces multiple challenges ‐ theoretical, empirical, and analytical ‐ that all emphasise the limitations of this approach in understanding the role of the front line public sector workers operati...
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Rod Rhodes (1997) Understanding Governance: Policy Networks, Governance, Reflexivity and Accountability , Open University Press 1997. Gerry Stoker (1998) ‘Governance as theory: five propositions’, International Journal of Social Sciences 50 , 1, 17–28. Helen Sullivan and Chris Skelcher (2002) Working across Boundaries: Collaboration in Public Servi...
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Under the New Labour government, the neighbourhood emerged prominently as a site for policy interventions and as a space for civic activity, resulting in the widespread establishment of neighbourhood-level structures for decision-making and service delivery. The future existence and utility of these arrangements is now unclear under the Coalition g...

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European cities face complex challenges that demand smart solutions. This project puts urban intermediaries, those people who can bring people and resources together in innovative ways, at the heart of smart urban development and sets out to understand how they create social innovation. In four European cities – Birmingham, Copenhagen, Glasgow and Amsterdam, we will carry out fieldwork and develop ‘living labs’, which will serve as sources of research data as well as sites for learning. In short, we will advance knowledge of how intermediaries innovate and generate smart urban development, creating opportunities for dialogue and learning. https://www.smart-urban-intermediaries.com/author/smart-urban-intermediaries/
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Cities are sites of crisis and opportunity. In a context of rapid social change and austerity, the effectiveness of traditional systems of urban governance is in doubt. Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation aims to create a unique space for social innovation to co-produce, test and learn from new ways of governing cities. ‘Jam’ is about trying to bring together different partners in the city to experiment and innovate to address shared problems. ‘Justice’ is about re-connecting with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from the search for solutions. Through the development of an Action Research Cooperative (ARC) in Greater Manchester, the project aims to bring together academics, practitioners, citizens and political leaders to exchange knowledge and develop creative responses to emerging urban governance challenges. In addition to a series of ‘learn and do’ activities to generate primary data, the project will also promote live debates, online communities and learning exchange visits within the UK and internationally. This will enable critical reflection on how to organise knowledge better to make positive urban transformations happen that are inclusive and equitable. @JamandJustice / http://ontheplatform.org.uk/jam-justice / jamandjustice@gmail.com