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How to increase public engagement and participation with local governance

A systematic review of the public administration literature to identify how to increase public engagement and participation with local governance

A systematic review of the public administration literature on public engagement and participation is conducted with the expressed intent to develop an actionable evidence base for public managers. Over 900 articles, in nine peer‐reviewed public administration journals are screened on the topic. The evidence from 40 articles is classified, summarized, and applied to inform the managerial practice of activating and recruiting the participation of the public in the affairs of local governance. The review also provides brief explanation on how systematic reviews can fill a need in governance from the evidence‐based management perspective.

By Josephine Gatti Schafer. Department of Political Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas

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