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Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan, & Argentina

This 2013 book written by Julie Fisher and published by the Kettering Foundation Press, focuses on the roles of democratization nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in three countries in the developing world: South Africa, Tajikistan, and Argentina. The book is organized around three chapters for each country, South Africa, Tajikistan, and Argentina. The first chapter of each country’s section begins with the historical, political, and economic context and continues with a discussion of the general contours of civil society. The second chapter in each section deals with […] (continue)

America’s Role in the World: What Does National Security Mean in the 21st Century (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute's issue guides, America's Role in the World: What Does National Security Mean in the 21st Century (updated edition, 2013), outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns […] (continue)

Sciencewise Expert Research Centre

The Sciencewise-ERC is the UK's national centre for public dialogue in policy making involving science and technology issues. It provides co-funding and specialist advice and support to Government departments and agencies to develop and commission public dialogue activities in emerging areas of science and technology. (continue)

Building a Culture of Participation: Citizen Engagement in Vancouver, BC

The "Building a Culture of Participation" report describes workshop outcomes and participant ideas to empower citizens of Vancouver, British Columbia in official city decision-making. This May 2013 workshop brought together City of Vancouver employees, members of Vancouver's Engaged City Task Force and community members and was jointly presented by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, SFU Public Square and the City of Vancouver. Feature guest and community organizer Dave Meslin presented examples of active citizen engagement from his projects in the Greater Toronto Area. Meslin […] (continue)

Citizen participation in challenging contexts: Logolink 10 years, 10 countries, 10 organizations

This 2012 publication on citizen participation, local governance and deepening democracy is the product of a collaborative research carried out during an 18-month systematization project. It consolidates the knowledge produced and disseminated by LogoLink, the Learning Initiative on Citizen Participation and Local Governance, over the past 10 years on these themes. During the 1990s, civil society mobilizations took place in many countries in a backdrop of transition from authoritarian to democratic governance regimes. At the time, regional and international networks committed to deepening democracy and […] (continue)

Energy Options: Finding a Solution to the Power Predicament (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute's issue guides, Energy Options: Finding a Solution to the Power Predicament outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. The United States faces […] (continue)

The Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute's issue guides, The Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. It seems clear that the […] (continue)

Laying the Groundwork for Participatory Budgeting – Developing a Deliberative Community and Collaborative Governance: Greater Geraldton, Western Australia

The December 2012 issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation focuses on participatory budgeting and its spread across the globe. Guest editors of the issue are long-time NCDD supporting member Janette Hartz-Karp from Curtin University, Australia, and Brian Wampler from Boise State University. This article is by Hartz-Karp. Participatory Budgeting (PB), an institutional innovation to promote democratic change, is a form of collaborative governance in which citizens are involved in decision-making processes about how to spend part or all of available government funds. Like the broader concept […] (continue)

Participatory Budgeting: Diffusion and Outcomes across the World

The December 2012 issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation focuses on participatory budgeting and its spread across the globe. Guest editors of the issue are long-time NCDD supporting member Janette Hartz-Karp from Curtin University, Australia, and Brian Wampler from Boise State University. In this special issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation, multiple faces of Participatory Budgeting programs are revealed. The articles demonstrate that there is no standardized set of “best practices” that governments are adopting, but there are a broader set of principles […] (continue)

JPD Issue on Participatory Budgeting

The latest issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation (Volume 8, Issue 2 - December 2012) focuses on "The Spread of Participatory Budgeting Across the Globe: Adoption, Adaptation, and Impacts."  Guest editors for this issue are NCDD members Janette Hartz-Karp of Curtin University & Briam Wampler, Boise State University. Here is the issue introduction: Since its humble beginnings in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre in the early 1990s, Participatory Budgeting (PB) programs are now being adopted by governments across the globe. This special issue […] (continue)

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