The governance games of citizens and stakeholders' engagement: longitudinal narratives

Lisa Källström, Sara Mauro, Alessandro Sancino, Giuseppe Grossi

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This paper focuses on a process of citizens and stakeholders' engagement promoted by a local authority to co-design the city vision with multiple actors (politicians, public managers, consultants, citizens and other external stakeholders). The setting for this research is provided by a municipality in Sweden and our theoretical perspective is the decentred theory of governance. A multi-actor, longitudinal and qualitative analysis has been carried out by triangulating interviews with key stakeholders, non-participant observations, and documental analysis, and by collecting the empirical material at two points of time (2014-2018). Our findings present several narratives and show that four main governance games were played (political; reputational and professional; spectacle; and social games). We discuss how these games interplay may change the perception of actors about the process of citizens and stakeholders' engagement.

Sidor (från-till)859-885
TidskriftLocal Government Studies
Tidigt onlinedatum2020
StatusPublicerad - 2020-aug.-18

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