Source: (2004) Public Organization Review: A Global Journal. 4: 205–219

The ‘‘good government’’ models of the 1990s realized a focus that included reinventing, reengineering, rethinking, quality, empowerment, and devolution of the organization. These organizational reform ideologies sought to increase involvement, improve productivity, manage performance, and drive results. One essential key that has been disregarded in these government models is the involvement of community in the decision-making process. This paper points to the importance of involving and empowering citizens in the decision-making process, particularly in regard to community justice based on the notion of ‘‘restorative justice system.’’ Community justice, a modern day reform movement with international proportions, is based on the principles of empowering community, repairing harm caused by a crime or disturbance, and reducing risk to the community. Author's abstract.