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date: 24 March 2018

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This article discusses the theory and practice of so-called participatory governance. It explains that participatory governance is a variant or subset of governance theory which puts emphasis on democratic engagement, in particular through deliberative practices. Participatory governance seeks to deepen citizen participation in the governmental process by examining the assumptions and practices of the traditional view that generally hinders the realization of a genuine participatory democracy. The article also addresses the interrelated questions of citizen competence, empowerment, and capacity building as they relate to participatory governance, and evaluates the impact of participatory governance on service delivery, social equity, and political representation.

Keywords: participatory governance, governance theory, democratic engagement, citizen participation, participatory democracy, empowerment, service delivery, social equity, political representation

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