Participatory Approaches and the Measurement of Human Well-being

  • Sarah White
  • Jethro Pettit
Part of the Studies in Development Economics and Policy book series (SDEP)


‘We are all democrats now,’ wrote John Dunn ironically in his 1979 review of Western Political Theory (Dunn 1979). Twenty-five years on, the democratic ethic of people centred governance has acquired the status of a sacred totem that commands obeisance far beyond the arena of formal politics. Rites and symbolic acts of participation have accordingly been ‘mainstreamed’ across a remarkable range of institutions, from neighbourhood school boards to multilateral agencies. Though very different in their form and practice, the promise is similar. Incorporating participation will mean that processes of policy making, administration and research become more inclusive, more responsive, more equitable, and so represent more fully the interests of ‘the people’ they claim to serve.


Participatory Research Participatory Method Poor People Participatory Approach Participatory Rural Appraisal 
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