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Smart Democracy: How to Engage Citizens

This September 2004 article by Matt Leighninger was published in an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) IQ Report, an electronic publication which is now called InFocus: Strategies and Solutions for Local Government Managers. The article summary below is taken from the ICMA Press website.

Many local leaders are putting new emphasis on mobilizing citizens for dialogue, deliberation, and collaborative problem solving—a trend called “democratic governance” that is a fundamental shift in the way citizens and governments interact. Democratic governance gives citizens the opportunity to compare experiences and consider a range of options, and leads to change in a variety of ways, from increasing volunteerism to informed policy making. This report introduces democratic governance and outlines the most successful principles and strategies now emerging from local civic experiments. Includes an appendix and a list of resources.

An excerpt of the article can be found here. To purchase the entire report, go to http://bookstore.icma.org/Smart_Democracy_How_to_Engage_P1241C7.cfm.

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