Journal - January 2010 - Bryer
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IJP2 - Volume 4, Issue 1 - January 2010

Special Symposium Issue "Obama Administration and Public Participation"
 

President Obama, Public Participation, and an Agenda for Research and Experimentation

Thomas A. Bryer

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 Abstract. The Obama Administration has offered citizens and onlookers from other nations a host of innovative efforts to make the United States federal government more open, participatory, and collaborative. In this issue of the International Journal of Public Participation, a set of invited authors consider the varying levels of success of this work demonstrated thus far and raise important research and practical questions for the Administration and others who might learn from the Administration’s experiences. In this introduction, some of these questions are reviewed and notable practices are summarized. Ultimately, it is concluded that, though the Administration is still young, there is much to learn, question, and anticipate as the role of citizens in national level governance evolves.

Keywords:  Obama, public participation, research agenda

 Citation: Bryer, T. A. (2010). President Obama, Public Participation, and an Agenda for Research and Experimentation. International Journal of Public Participation, 4(1), 5-11.

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