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Review symposium: Collaborative governance and civic empowerment.

Lenkowsky, Leslie
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) Perspectives on Politics. 8(2): 598-601.

In Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative
Governance, Carmen Sirianni argues that policymakers
should be doing more to engage citizens in “public
work.” Drawing on theory and research about deliberative
democracy, community organizing, and other fields,
along with three lengthy case studies of efforts at collaborative
governance, he maintains that carefully designed
and managed government initiatives can foster high levels
of civic activity which contribute not only to achieving
policy objectives, but also to producing more educated
and capable citizens. The result, claims Sirianni, would be
to strengthen democracy as well. (Excerpt)


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