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One of the Nation’s Oldest and Most Respected Journals of Civic Affairs

Its cases studies, reports, interviews and essays help communities learn about the latest developments in collaborative problems-solving, civic engagement, local government innovation and democratic governance. Some of the country’s leading doers and thinkers have contributed articles to this invaluable resource for elected officials, public managers, nonprofit leaders, grassroots activists, and public administration scholars seeking to make America’s communities more inclusive, participatory, innovative and successful.

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  • Democratic Innovation in Public Administration

    In the last decade experiments in democratic innovation have flourished across the country in city and local government agencies in every region, catalyzed by administrators committed to a more active citizenry. On issues such as crime prevention, affordable housing, urban planning, land use and conservation, utility and service provision, and even general budgeting, public participation is actively welcomed in to the work of government.

  • Early Glimpses of a Robust Public Consultation System in San José, California

    In the Silicon Valley’s largest city, the Office of Civic Innovation is creating an ambitious roadmap for using technology and public engagement to improve city operations, a roadmap that includes everything from setting up public broadband to monitoring traffic flow and streamlining hiring procedures.

  • Civic Engagement for Environmental Sustainability

    A growing number of communities are finding new ways to fully engage residents in efforts to promote sustainability, enhance livability and reduce the local ecological footprint.

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