ERIC Number: ED164165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Participation in Rural Development: Concepts, Principles, and Resource Materials. A Synthesis. SRDC Synthesis Series #6.
Voth, Donald E.; Bonner, William S.
Citizen participation may be defined as consisting of voluntary activities undertaken by persons in their roles as ordinary citizens, or amateurs, to influence public decisions or the actions of public officials. Citizen participation is the latest mechanism of a democratic people for dealing with "big government" and making it accountable. Another reason for citizen participation has to do with the lowering of public confidence in American institutions. One of the major reasons for having citizen participation is overwhelmingly positive, and that is the numerous examples of efficient, creative citizen-action solutions to apparently insolvable problems. The vast majority of research and commentary on citizen participation is urban in orientation even though large-scale citizen involvement in the administrative process in the United States originated in programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its concern with rural areas. This overview of citizen participation was prepared as a synthesis of research materials for use in education programs or as a guide for discussions of citizen participation; although focused specifically upon citizen participation in rural development, the results have general application. Among topics covered are the decision-making process with citizen participation in administration, objectives and accomplishments of citizen participation, and guidelines and implementation for effective citizen participation programs. (BR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Adult Education, Bureaucracy, Citizen Participation, Decision Making, Government (Administrative Body), Guidelines, Methods, Program Development, Resource Materials, Rural Development, Volunteers
Southern Rural Development Center, Box 5406, Mississippi State, Mississippi 39762 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.; Southern Rural Development Center, State College, MS.; Arkansas Univ., Pine Bluff.
Authoring Institution: N/A