Journal of Political Science and Development
International Journal of Political Science and Development
Vol. 3(10), pp. 405–415, October, 2015.
Citizen Participation, Mobilisation and Contested Participatory Spaces
Bindura University of Science Education, Department of Geography (Development Studies stream)
Astra Campus, P.O. Box 1020, Bindura-ZIMBABWE. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted 13 November 2015
public opinion and citizen participation in contested spaces has created
controversy within the participatory paradigm. Where there is no
consensus, mobilization can take the form of contestation. Contestation
in public spaces usually court controversy or protestation.
Constitutions and attendant policy and regulatory frameworks have sought
to incorporate public opinion on issues that affect public affairs.
However, citizens have, through local initiatives, created space for
their own participation, especially in governance processes. Contested
spaces of participation such as ‘invented’ spaces are identified as
necessary initiatives prompting participation. This paper provides a
normative framework for enhanced participation and explores alternative
avenues or spaces for participation.
Cite This Article As: Mapuva J (2015). Citizen Participation, Mobilisation and Contested Participatory Spaces. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 3(10): 405-415