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

Special Symposium Issue "Obama Administration and Public Participation"

Deterring Fake Public Participation

J. H. Snider


Abstract. Fake public participation is widespread in United States government and in governments all over the world. Since fake public participation undermines true public participation, good government advocates should work to deter it. Fake public participation is a subset of fake democracy and occurs for the same reason: we live in an era when democracy is the only legitimate form of government, so the incentive to fake participation is great. To deter fake public participation, the nature of the problem should be recognized followed by the development of a detailed set of public policy recommendations to address it. Proposals to improve public participation, like the Obama administration’s Open Government Directive, should be carefully scrutinized for loopholes allowing fake participation.

Keywords:public participation, democracy, Obama, Open Government Directive

Citation: Snider, J. H. (2010). Deterring Fake Public Participation. International Journal of Public Participation, 4(1), 89-103.