Published: 30th Jun 2016

‘Do you want to shape the future of your area?’ This is what a poster on a local busstop poster states, as part of a new national marketing campaign to get people involved in neighbourhood planning. It has been a long time since such a concerted effort has been made to increase levels of community involvement, certainly since the heady days of Big Society and, before that, various New Labour programmes. At the local level, of course, there are pockets of interesting activity, probably most notable in Lambeth (through the Co-operative Council programme) and through targeted programmes such as the Lottery Funded Big Local programme. One recent blog also talked about creating a new ‘participatory city’. But, what do we know about the likely success of this and similar initiatives? How do they fit with what else is going on in terms of civic participation? At NatCen, we have been … (To read the full article, subscribe below)