Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Governance


The health of American democracy ultimately depends on our willingness and ability to work together as citizens and stakeholders in our republic. Growing numbers of policymakers across the country are figuring out how government can serve as a partner and catalyst for collaborative problem solving. This book details three such success stories: neighborhood planning in Seattle; youth civic engagement programs in Hampton, Virginia; and efforts to develop civic environmentalism at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The book explains what measures were taken and why they succeeded. It distills eight core design principles that characterize effective collaborative governance and concludes with concrete recommendations for federal policy.

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Sirianni C. Investing in Democracy: Engaging Citizens in Collaborative Governance. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press; 2009.