The changing face of policy making
George Clark, December 2004 (Based loosely on Hoppe, 1999)
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A policy is a set of ideas or plans which are used as the basis for making
decisions, especially in politics, economics, or business.
In countries where participatory democracy is becoming more common the policy
making process involves a wide range of people in making sense together.
This popular approach involves deep changes in how society is organised and in
the way that politicians, scientists and ordinary people go about their
business. This short paper looks at how emerging forms of participatory
democracy are changing what is involved in speaking truth to power.