Spaces of power

The notion of ‘space’ is widely used across the literatures on power, policy, democracy and citizen action. In the powercube approach, which is designed as a tool to analyse  how power affects citizen action and participation, usually spaces refer to decision-making arenas and forums for action, but they can also include other ‘spaces’ that are seen as opportunities, moments and channels where citizens can act to potentially affect policies, discourses, decisions and relationships which affect their lives and interests. For more conceptual reviews of the concept of spaces, read about academic approaches to the concept of space.

While there can be many such kinds of spaces, in the powercube approach we normally refer to three: closed, invited and claimed spaces.

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