Little Engines That Could: Community Clients, Their Lawyers, and Training in the Arts of Democracy

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Susan D. Bennett

American University, Washington College of Law

Date Written: August 30, 2002

Abstract

This article examines the role of lawyers in developing the capacity of community-based organizational clients to participate meaningfully in civic decision-making processes as representatives of community interests. I review literature from organizing and planning disciplines on citizen participation, provide an overview of public and private sector attempts to engage community members in civic participation, and identify indicia of "representativeness" in ascertaining an organization's legitimacy in representing community interests.

Keywords: community development, community organizing, comprehensive community initiatives, advocacy planning

Suggested Citation

Bennett, Susan D., Little Engines That Could: Community Clients, Their Lawyers, and Training in the Arts of Democracy (August 30, 2002). Wisconsin Law Review, Vol. 469, 2002, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507963

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