Government Is Us 2.0 (Google eBook)
Cheryl Simrell King
M.E. Sharpe, Apr 25, 2011 - Political Science - 241 pages
When this seminal work was originally published, the focus was on whether or not citizens should be involved in administrative governance. Today that question has been replaced by concerns about how and how much they should be involved. Currently relationships between citizens and their governments remain as, or more, complicated as they were then.
Government Is Us 2.0 picks up where the previous edition left off. It addresses the bigger questions that are being asked and discussed about the relationships among and between citizens and their governments, how individuals and agencies govern, and the institutional elements that keep us from engendering long-term, socially just participatory change.
The central argument of Government Is Us 2.0 is that much can be done to bridge the gulf between citizens and their governments. The chapter authors offer practical suggestions on how public administrators can productively involve citizens in government work, with steps that will increase citizens' trust in government through opportunities for direct connection and collaboration.
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Citizens Administrators and Their Discontents
The Possibilities and Dilemmas
PART II Democracy and Engagement through Different Lenses
Rethinking the Places and Practices of Public Administration
Imagining Private Lives and Alternative Futures
5 Cultivating and Sustaining Empathy as a Normative Value in Public Administration
Measuring Engagement and Collaboration
8 The EPA Seeks Its Role in Communities Evolutionary Engagement
The City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative
Making Sustainability Real in the City of Olympia
12 Think Global Act Local? A Short Story
PART IV Imaging the Possibilities
13 Imagining the Possibilities
About the Editor and Contributors