A Seat at the Table: Persons with Disabilities and Policy by William Boyce

By William Boyce

A Seat on the desk files the participation of incapacity activists and agencies in public coverage making in Canada. The authors mix experiences of latest federal and provincial coverage making with a old viewpoint at the growth made by way of incapacity teams for the reason that global conflict I. The circumstances they talk about illustrate the stress among problems with human rights and private capacities that the incapacity stream needs to take care of, yet that have implications for different teams besides. An research of up to date social coverage networks in Canada allows for the authors to indicate purposes for the inconsistent good fortune that incapacity companies have had in translating their requisites into coverage. A Seat on the desk illuminates the major social-political components of assets, roles, and reputations that has to be taken into consideration via excluded teams trying to achieve a seat on the coverage desk. The insights it presents are very important for the improvement of extra specialist lobbying practices through incapacity stakeholders in addition to via ladies, aboriginals, ethnic teams, the aged, and the poor.

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Since we are trying in this book to understand the social context in which organizations of persons with disabilities operate, we focus principally on sociological theory but also present a brief overview of citizen participation in a political sense. A key issue in political science theories of democracy is the distinction between representative democracy and participatory democracy (Pateman 1970). S. Mill (Weingert 1976, Wolfe 1977). Liberalist views are reflected in the "first generation human rights" of free speech and private property, and assert that all citizens have the right to influence political decisions that affect them (Howell et al.

Castells proposes that the future of such organizations depends on improved collective conditions, an autonomous community culture, and politi- 33 Theoretical Frameworks for Citizen Participation cal self-management. Similarly, Touraine (1981) identifies autonomy and self-identity as crucial requirements for new social movements that are more concerned with reform or creating alternatives within the dominant society, than they are with increasing their own power. More broadly, Castells (1989) conceptualizes citizen participation itself as a component of a general social movement for local autonomy.

According to Roy Romanow, (Romanow 1984, 2-4) Trudeau's new proposals reflected most of what had been in the defunct Victoria Charter. 7 In essence, these proposals stressed patriation, the Victoria amending formula, and minimal enhancement of provincial jurisdiction in the field of language and culture. It remained silent on issues of resource management, energy, and increased power for the western provinces. What is especially significant about Trudeau's proposals is the absence of any mention of a charter of rights and freedoms.

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