Does Participatory Governance Matter?

This publication presents workshop conclusions about the impact of participatory governance on the lives of citizens, the organization of civil society, the contours of state reform, and most broadly, the quality of democracy. Authors Brian Wampler and Stephanie McNulty offer case studies, policy recommendations, and a new research agenda that will reshape our understanding of the role participatory institutions can play in improving democracies and public life. MORE

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Does Participatory Governance Matter?

Brian Wampler and Stephanie McNulty
On May 9-10, 2011, the Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, in partnership with Boise State University, convened over twenty decentralization and local governance specialists to assess nearly three decades of widespread adoption of participatory governance institutions. Authors Brian Wampler and Stephanie McNulty offer case studies, policy recommendations, and a new research agenda that will reshape our understanding of the role participatory institutions can play in improving democracies and public life.

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