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Creating Spaces of Engagement

Policy Justice and the Practical Craft of Deliberative Democracy

Edited by: Leah R.E. Levac and Sarah Marie Wiebe

Policy justice requires engagement of diverse people, knowledges, and forms of evidence at all stages of the policy-making process, from problem definition through to dissemination.

Author Information

LevacLeah R.E.:

Leah R. E. Levac is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.
WiebeSarah Marie :

Sarah Marie Wiebe is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa.


Catherine Etmanski, Professor of Leadership Studies, Royal Roads University:

"In this current era where a vast majority of the global population is excluded from typical democratic and policy-creation practices, lifting up the voices of those who are otherwise marginalized through neoliberal, capitalist, androcentric, heterosexist, ableist, industrial-rationalist processes is essential. Through a range of Canadian and global cases, sites, and stories, Creating Spaces of Engagement not only documents but also celebrates participatory, anti-oppressive, and creative approaches to democracy."

Bettina von Lieres, Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough:

"Creating Spaces of Engagement makes a compelling, convincing, and pressing argument for relational and collaborative approaches to policy making in today’s increasingly exclusionary politics. This collection has immense relevance for scholars, practitioners, teachers, and activists engaging in citizen-centric approaches to policy making."

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;