The Future of Public Participation: Better Design, Better Laws, Better Systems

Tina Nabatchi, Emma Ertinger, Matt Leighninger

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Abstract

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, conflict resolution practitioners faced a dilemma: they understood how to design better ADR processes but were often unsure of their authority to offer ADR and were entrenched in systems that made it difficult to use ADR. Today, public participation faces a similar dilemma. We know what good participation looks like, but using better participation is challenging because of legal and systemic impediments. This need not be the case. In this article, we assert that tapping the full potential of public participation requires better designs, better laws, and better systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S35-S44
JournalConflict Resolution Quarterly
Volume33
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

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