Community governance in a context of decentralisation (Nov 2012 - Apr 2013)


Dr Catherine Durose


Matthew Hilton (Department of History, University of Birmingham), Liz Richardson (Politics, University of Manchester)


Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme


Community governance is perceived as a useful means of enabling citizens and communities to influence the decisions and public services which affect their everyday lives, bringing greater ‘experiential’ expertise into the policy process, but also of opening up new democratic potentialities and encouraging greater bureaucratic responsiveness. Examples of community governance are found in diverse contexts, across policy fields and with differing institutional forms. Yet, despite a near bewildering array of activity and innovation to support and facilitate community governance and an extensive body of public policy research to match, there are unresolved concerns about the consequences of these non-traditional forms of governance and often non-elected forms of representation for accountability.

This review will explore why these crucial concerns remain unresolved and consider creative responses to issues of demand, mobilisation, equity and risk.

Project aims and objectives

This six month policy review will:

  • Review, synthesise and leverage research with potential relevance to the review commissioned through the AHRC’s Connected Communities programme to date with the inter-disciplinary expertise of the review team;
  • Facilitate trans-disciplinary dialogue and debate amongst key researchers and partners within and beyond the Connected Communities programme;
  • Provide challenging insights for the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG);
  • Produce useful and stimulating outputs for a wider policy and practice audience.

More information

For further information about this project, please contact
Dr Catherine Durose (, +44 (0)121 415 1074)