Social Policy and Society

Short Communication

A Politics of Recognition and Respect: Involving People with Experience of Poverty in Decision making that Affects their Lives

Ruth Lister a1
a1 Department of Social Sciences, University of Loughborough. E-mail:


In 1995, over 100 countries signed up to this statement in the Copenhagen Declaration and Programme of Action at the UN World Summit for Social Development. The second section of this article reflects on an initiative in the UK, which aims to make a reality of the Copenhagen commitment around the demand for the involvement of people in poverty in decision making that affects their lives. The first, longer, section makes a normative theoretical case for such action.