Putting the “Public” Back in Public Values Research: Designing Participation to Identify and Respond to Values


  • Tina Nabatchi

    1. Syracuse University
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    • Tina Nabatchi is assistant professor of public administration and international affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on public participation, collaborative governance, and dispute resolution in the public sector. E-mail: tnabatch@syr.edu


This article seeks to put the “public” back in public values research by theorizing about the potential of direct citizen participation to assist with identifying and understanding public values. Specifically, the article explores eight participatory design elements and offers nine propositions about how those elements are likely to affect the ability of administrators to identify and understand public values with regard to a policy conflict. The article concludes with a brief discussion about potential directions for future research.