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Does the Community Want Devolved Authority? Results from Deliberative Polling in Ontario

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  • Social Sciences

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9903.p65 Paper 99-03 1 J. Abelson NOT FOR CITATION WITHOUT AUTHOR’S PERMISSION Bridging Academic Disciplines and Policy Sectors: Understanding the Influences on Community Participation Julia Abelson, Ph.D. Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics McMaster University Address correspondence to: Dr. Julia Abelson Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Health Sciences Centre, Rm 3H28 McMaster University 1200 Main Street West Hamilton, ON L8N 3Z5 Key words: community participation, health-care decision making Cite as: Abelson J. Understanding the Influences on Community Participation: Bridging Aca- demic Disciplines and Policy Sectors, McMaster University Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis Working Paper 9903, March 1999. 2 CHEPA Working Paper Series Bridging Academic Disciplines and Policy Sectors: Understanding the Influences on Community Participation Paper 99-03 3 J. Abelson ABSTRACT Few concepts in the social sciences literature have received as much attention from as many disciplines and policy sectors as the concept of “participation”. With public participation continuing to figure prominently in debates about improved government performance and in- creased accountability it seems reasonable to ask: What influences participation? This paper presents a critical review of the vast, multidisciplinary literature that has examined the influ- ences on participation with an aim to promote learning across academic disciplines and policy sectors. The review is used as a starting point for developing a framework for analyzing com- munity-level participation in health- care decision making. A typology is presented that incor- porates both qualitative and quantitative dimensions of participation. Influences on participa- tion are organized around three predominant themes emerging from the literature: i) relationships between individual and community characteristics and parti

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