The third edition of the SAGE Handbook of Action Research presents a fully updated version of the bestselling text, including new chapters written by key figures in the field covering emerging areas in healthcare, social work, education and international development, as well as an expanded ‘skills’ section which includes new consultant-relevant materials. Building on the strength of the previous editions, editor Hilary Bradbury has carefully developed the third edition to take a strong international approach to the topic of action research and thus expanding the already-impressive scale and scope of the work. In essence, the third edition follows in the footsteps of the landmark previous editions by mapping the current state of the discipline, as well as looking to the future of the field and exploring the issues at the cutting edge of the action research paradigm today. This volume is an essential resource for scholars and professionals engaged in social and political inquiry, organizational research and education.

Re-Fashioning Citizens’ Juries: Participatory Democracy in Action

Re-Fashioning Citizens’ Juries: Participatory Democracy in Action

Tom Wakeford Michel Pimbert Erin Walcon

A citizens’ jury (CJ) is, in essence, a forum designed to foster public deliberation and to influence decision-making on contentious issues. Over the past twenty years, the number of initiatives called CJs has increased. At the same time many CJs, by failing to foster effective dialogue and the co-production of knowledge, have tended towards being mere show-trials rather than robust processes of deliberative democracy.

Here, we outline a fresh approach that draws on traditions of participatory action research (PAR) and addresses the suggestion that CJs can undermine the democratic process (see Chapter 35). We focus on two initiatives that began as conventional CJs ...

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