Learning from political sociology: Structure, agency and inclusive governance

Therese O'Toole, Richard Gale

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In this article, we consider the inclusion of children and young people in participatory governance processes. Whilst limitations are often evident in such processes, we argue that even participatory opportunities that are provided by the state and regarded as spaces into which citizens are invited can be "conquered by civil society demands for inclusion" (Cornwall and Coelho, 2006: 1). To this end, we suggest a practice-based and diachronic approach to studying the interactions between participatory structures and children and young people's agency. Being attentive to the agency of children and young people, and adopting a more diachronic approach to evaluating participatory initiatives, point to the possibility, we suggest, of seeing these relationships unfold in sometimes unexpected ways.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369 - 378
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Children’s Rights
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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