Are Democratic Police Departments Possible?

April 17, 2023

By spending time with police officers and describing what motivated them to join the force and to continue to improve their skills, the author humanizes and complicates a profession that is easy to stereotype. He provides an insider’s view of events in which officers used physical force to restrain people before they could harm themselves, family, or friends.

Moving from Collaboration to Coproduction in the Opioid Crisis

October 14, 2020

Professional collaboration with communities on a wicked problem like the opioid epidemic is a sensible approach, but too often it means teamwork and cross-disciplinary communication without much more than symbolic attempts to work with citizens. Coproduction, by contrast, is where citizens have a co-equal role.

Sustainability and Democracy: An Interview with Carmen Sirianni

July 9, 2020

The author and Brandeis University professor discusses his extensive research and writing on civic innovation, sustainability and democratic governance with National Civic Review contributing editor Albert Dzur.

A Conversation with John McKnight, Co-Founder of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute

October 7, 2019

John McKnight, co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University, is interviewed by Albert Dzur, a distinguished research professor at Bowling Green State University.

Professionalism, Democracy and Civic Education: A Conversation with Harry Boyte

April 2, 2019

Review contributor Albert Dzur interviews the author of Awakening Democracy through Public Work.

The Work of Democratic Renewal

April 2, 2019

By Albert W. Dzur  Awakening Democracy is an introduction to Harry Boyte’s thinking on citizen action, social change, and civic education, with particular focus on the Public Achievement program he...

Democratic Innovation in Public Administration

September 17, 2018

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.

An Interview with Principal Vanessa Gray

August 31, 2018

Albert Dzur In 1989, close to 97 percent of the 7,691 students at Springdale School District were Caucasian. By October 2016, the district had 21,507 students, 35.4 percent of whom...

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