Citizen-Centered Collaborative Public Management

Authors


Terry L. Cooper is the Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values and Social Ethics at the University of Southern California. His research centers on citizen participation and public ethics. Currently, he is the director of the USC Civic Engagement Initiative, which is expanding the work of the Neighborhood Participation Project beyond neighborhood councils and Los Angeles.
E-mail:tlcooper@usc.edu.

Thomas A. Bryer is a doctoral candidate in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California. His primary research interests are government–citizen relations and bureaucratic responsiveness.
E-mail:bryer@usc.edu.

Jack W. Meek is a professor of public administration in the College of Business and Public Management at the University of La Verne. Since 2003, he has been a visiting scholar in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California, working with the Civic Engagement Initiative.
E-mail:meekj@ulv.edu.

Abstract

Civic engagement and collaborative public management are concepts that are defined broadly, making theoretical explication challenging and practical application of empirical research difficult. In this article, the authors adopt definitions of civic engagement and collaborative public management that are centered on the citizen and the potential for active citizenship. Following a historical review of civic engagement in the United States, a conceptual model of five approaches to civic engagement is offered. Citizen-centered collaborative public management is enhanced through these approaches. The authors suggest the need for further empirical research on collaborative public management that is grounded in citizenship action.

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