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The Public Participation Handbook: Making Better Decisions Through Citizen Involvement
Internationally renowned facilitator and public participation consultant James L. Creighton offers a practical guide to designing and facilitating public participation of the public in environmental and public policy decision making. Written for government officials, public and community leaders, and professional facilitators, The Public Participation Handbook is a toolkit ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 21st 2005 by Jossey-Bass
(first published March 1st 2005)
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Although a useful introduction to public participation, it is painfully pragmatic and cautious. Marketed as a "how to" guide on participation, the books overall tone floats more closely to "how to do public participation in a cursory matter only if your employer absolutely demands the existence of a participatory method while simultaneously reminding the reader to restrain their method as much as possible in order to not jeopardize their employment". Creighton does stress the importance of the c ...more
not too bad of a read, however, parts of the book were repetitive. the author seemed to have a fair amount of practical experience guiding the suggestions laid out therein. as far as textbooks go - it was still a fairly boring read, but very informative. depending on the position i take post-graduation, this book will probably end up on my reference shelf.