Direct Public Engagement in Local Government

Tina Nabatchi, Lisa Blomgren Amsler

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Public engagement is an umbrella term that encompasses numerous methods for bringing people together to address issues of public importance. In this article, we focus on direct public engagement in local government, exploring what we know and proposing areas where more research is needed. We first define direct public engagement and distinguish it from related concepts and terms. We then introduce a simple framework for exploring variations in direct public engagement at the local level. Next, we use this framework to examine the extant literature on why, how, and to what effect direct public engagement in local government is used. Finally, we identify gaps in the literature and propose a research agenda for the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63S-88S
JournalAmerican Review of Public Administration
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • local government
  • public engagement
  • public participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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