From Consultation to Participatory Governance? A Critical Review of Citizen Engagement Strategies in Queensland
This article explores what appears to be a major shift in the policies and practices of national and international governments-the increased attention to, and use of, citizen engagement strategies as a basis for developing more participatory forms of governance. The article examines recent citizen engagement initiatives of the Queensland state government which have grappled with these complex political, policy and service concerns. The potential innovation and effectiveness of citizen engagement techniques and approaches are examined. The limitations of technical methodologies based on a traditional consultative framework are highlighted. The article analyses the relationship between these citizen engagement practices and more strategic democratic reforms based on notions of participatory governance.
Australian Journal of Public Administration