Connecting with Canadians

Research Report:

Mapping the Links: Citizen Involvement in Policy Processes

by Michael Orsini, Susan D. Phillips

This paper seeks to develop a fuller understanding of the multidimensional nature of citizen involvement and to assess the adequacy of contemporary practices of citizen involvement in Canada.  We do this by mapping the links between eight dimensions of citizen involvement, three key political institutions, and six stages of the policy process.  For each stage of policy, we assess the adequacy of existing political institutions in providing for the dimensions of citizen involvement important to that stage.  Based on this assessment, the paper explores, in a practical way, how Canada's institutions might be reformed to enhance citizen involvement.

Release Date: 24 May 2002
Number of pages: 49
Document number: 11418
Keywords: citizen involvement, political institutions, policy process