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Children, young people and social inclusionParticipation for what?$
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Kay Tisdall, John Davis, and Malcolm Hill

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346629

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.001.0001

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Reconnecting and extending the research agenda on children’s participation: mutual incentives and the participation chain

Reconnecting and extending the research agenda on children’s participation: mutual incentives and the participation chain

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Children, young people and social inclusion
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Alan Prout

Richard Simmons

Johnston Birchall

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.003.0005

The emergence of participation as a theme in public service governance has attracted a good deal of research attention. This chapter focuses on two linked theoretical frameworks that have emerged from this body of work and suggests that they can make a useful contribution to developing the research agenda on children's participation. The first of these, mutual incentives theory (MIT), concerns the motivations of people to participate. It focuses on whether their motivations are primarily individual or collective. The second, the concept of the participation chain, recognises that knowledge of people's motivations is not enough. It extends MIT by looking at how the different components that make up the process of participation are linked together.

Keywords:   social participation, public service governance, mutual incentives theory, participation chain

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