Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants

Title

The Potential for Public Empowerment through Government-Organized Citizen Participation

Department

School of Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration

College

College of Community and Public Service

Disciplines

Business | Law

Abstract

Public administration scholars and practitioners have long grappled with the prospects of balancing democracy's aims at openness and public inclusion with bureaucracy's chief values of efficiency and expertise. During the past half-century, a wide range of citizen participation opportunities has emerged, many of which have sought to bring citizens to a more influential position in shaping administrative direction. Under the auspices of a vast grant system, the federal government has frequently linked funding eligibility, at least partially, to the recipient jurisdiction's willingness and ability to facilitate public involvement. Once public participation has been mandated, the choice for administrators is not whether to include the public, but rather, how inclusive to be in terms of quality of interaction and potential for impact.

Conference Name

Public Management Research Conference

Conference Location

Madison, WI

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