TITLE

FROM GRASS ROOTS TO CITIZEN PARTICIPATION: WHERE WE'VE BEEN AND WHERE WE ARE NOW

AUTHOR(S)
Neuse, Steven M.
PUB. DATE
September 1983
SOURCE
Public Administration Quarterly;Fall83, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p294
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In spite of the fact that citizen participation programs will continue to be required by government mandates, there is no reason to believe that such activities will ever reach the upper rings of Amstein's ladder. This author will make this observation, in part, because he believes that the same factors which have constrained citizen participation activities in the past will continue to weigh heavily in the future. An additional constraint is the attitude of the present national administration. Already the Reagan administration has eliminated the Community Services Administration, one of the few federal agencies with substantial responsibilities for developing citizen participation activities. Another factor impeding such efforts is the fiscal crisis of government. From a cynical standpoint, one might suggest that citizen participation was an effective device in an era of abundance for bureaucratic organizations to share surpluses with community groups. But what happens in an era in which the fat has been trimmed? How does this affect organizations which always have been less than effective precisely because of undercapitalization and/or a lack of financial and manpower resources? In the final report of the National Commission on Neighborhoods, the possibility of even more greatly diminished resources for citizen participation is evident.
ACCESSION #
7285690

 

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