The literature focuses on two areas: (i) strengthening citizen voice and engagement with the state, principally through institutionalized forms of participation and (ii) more adversarial approaches to citizen voice, through the “contentious politics” of advocacy and mobilisation associated with social movements. The selection of readings in this pack seeks to capture this range of citizen voice and action. Each one also addresses dimensions of difference, the challenges of inclusion – especially of women and minorities voices – and of translating participation into influence.
Cornwall, A. Citizen Voice and Action. Professional Development Reading Pack No. 36. Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2016) 3 pp.