Accountable, authorized or authentic? What do ‘faith representatives’ offer urban governance?

Chapman, Rachael and Lowndes, Vivien (2009) Accountable, authorized or authentic? What do ‘faith representatives’ offer urban governance? Public Money & Management, 29 (6). pp. 371-378. ISSN 0954-0962

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540960903378233

Abstract

Non-elected faith representatives are increasingly involved in public policy decisionmaking. Yet, little is understood about who they represent and on what basis. Drawing on political theory and primary research data, this article examines what, in democratic terms, is going on when a faith leader sits on a local strategic partnership, a service advisory body, or a neighbourhood board. It shows that, despite very real limitations, faith representatives complement traditional electoral representation by bringing new and ‘authentic’ voices and expertise. ‘Representative claims’ are legitimized in part through faith leaders' involvement in dense (and often marginalized) community networks, but also through their very ‘untaintedness’ in relation to traditional electoral processes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
L400 Social Policy
V600 Theology and Religious studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2012 13:08
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:13
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/8107

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