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Do-It-Yourself DemocracyThe Rise of the Public Engagement Industry$
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Caroline W. Lee

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199987269

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987269.001.0001

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The Idealists behind the Curtain

The Idealists behind the Curtain

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(p.31) 2 The Idealists behind the Curtain
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Do-It-Yourself Democracy
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Caroline W. Lee

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199987269.003.0003

Why has public engagement exploded in popularity over the last two decades? Chapter 2 investigates the history behind popular participatory reforms. It explores the development of the field of professional public engagement and deliberative democracy consultants, and describes the current contours of the field. The successes and struggles behind the growth in top-down orchestration of bottom-up empowerment are shown. This chapter also discusses the mixed record of Obama’s Open Government initiatives.

Keywords:   participatory reforms, public engagement professionals, deliberative democracy consultants, top-down empowerment, co-optation, deep democracy

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