The aim of this text is to analyze the conditions for a good society and, from extensive international research, to show how citizens can be put at the centre of the political process. This has enormous importance for future policy which the authors explore. With support from the Commonwealth Foundation, the book sets out to change the current political consensus and demonstrate the route forward to sustainable development.
Barry Knight is Secretary to Centris, an organization that pursues innovative social policy and practice, and advises various bodies towards civil society. Hope Chigudu is a gender specialist working with and advising various international bodies on organizational development and change. Rajesh Tandon is a leading authority on participatory research, civil society and democratic governance, and founder of the Society for Participatory Research in Asia, based in Delhi.