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Citizen Governance: Leading American Communities Into the 21st Century

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Overview

Drawing on fundamental ideas about the relationship of citizens to the public sphere, Richard C Box presents a model of 'citizen governance'. Recognizing the challenges in the community governance setting, he advocates rethinking the structure of local government and the roles of citizens, elected officials and public professionals in the twenty-first century. His model shifts a large part of the responsibility for local public policy from the professional and the elected official to the citizen. Citizens take part directly in creating and implementing policy, elected officials coordinate the policy process, and public professionnals facilitate citizen discourse, offering the knowledge of public practice needed for successful 'citizen gover
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In counterpoint to the experience of citizens regarded as outsiders, outside practitioners as experts, and the legislative body as representative of elite interests, Box (public administration, U. of Colorado) delineates The Community Governance Model. Resigning these roles is viewed as a necessary return to the original US values of local control, small and responsive government, and the professional as advisor rather than controller. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761912576
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/8/1998
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A Return to Original Values
The Nature of Community Governance
Citizens
Representatives
Practitioners
Citizen Governance
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