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Do-It-Yourself Democracy: The Rise of the Public Engagement Industry

Caroline W. Lee


Citizen participation has undergone a radical shift since anxieties about “bowling alone” seized the nation in the 1990s. Many pundits and observers have cheered America’s twenty-first-century civic renaissance—an explosion of participatory innovations in public life. Invitations to “have your say!” and “join the discussion!” have proliferated. But has the widespread enthusiasm for maximizing citizen democracy led to real change? This book examines how participatory innovations have reshaped American civic life over the past two decades. It looks at the public engagement industry that emerged ... More

Keywords: deliberative democracy, public deliberation, public participation, civic life, citizen empowerment, public engagement industry, retrenchment

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199987269
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline W. Lee, author
Lafayette College

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Part I The Public Engagement Renaissance

Part II Process Evangelists

Part III Civic Engagement as a Management Tool

Part IV The Spirit of Deliberative Capitalism

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