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  1. I am researcher and also work on governance and policy advocacy issues in India. Recently, I completed a research assignment for the Climate and Disaster Governance Programme, at the Institute of Development Studies, U.K (2009) on research “Citizen Engagement and Accountability in Climate Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Policy Process India”.

    During working on these issues, there was always a question in mind that though public policy relates to the public, the public is not aware about the policy and policy process. How can public policy be brought to the community / public level in view of promoting a true democratic system?


    December 10, 2010
    • Interesting observations.I agree that public especially in the south asia/asia are not aware of the impacts of public policies on their lives. This is because they come to know about these policies only after they becomes ACTS/LAWS and are implemented. this is the fundemental difference when compared to public in the north. they are aware of the policies and contest them while they are made NOT after they come to implemenation. The best way to make the public in south to know about the policies is to make them part of the process > not treating them as policy benficiaries. HOW CAN We do this?? May be we need to ask our bureaucrats, INGOS, DONORS and acedemics..


      February 23, 2011
      • Thank you for your comment. I’ve been reading quite a lot lately about the public role of think tanks and here is certainly an opportunity for them to make a difference. Is it possible that the pressure on ‘southern think tanks’ to ‘influence policy’ and have clear impact is promoting a privatisation of the public debate (so fundamental in any aspiring democracy)? Daniel Ricci talks about ‘The Great Conversation’. I like this idea: that think tanks main role (most fundamental role) is to improve the quality of this conversation -public, open, accessible. This would mean the inclusion of ideology, the de-jargonisation (this is not a word) of policy debate and the acceptance research only plays a small role in policy decisions.

        Here then southern think tanks could possibly contribute to this by being more open about the politics of their own work -letting their publics know about why they are studying what they are studying and focusing their attention to their own ‘industry’. The more informed the public is of the politics of policies the more likely it is to understand and be engaged with the policy discussion that think tanks, iNGOs, etc. promote. This way, what is now a very private -often donor to minister- discussion would be come and open, great conversation.

        I am also more and more curious about the role of public intellectuals.


        February 23, 2011

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