The Future of Public Participation: Better Design, Better Laws, Better Systems

Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 33: S35-S44, 2015

Posted: 15 Jan 2016

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Tina Nabatchi

Syracuse University

Emma Ertinger

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Matt Leighninger

Deliberative Democracy Consortium

Date Written: September 24, 2015

Abstract

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, conflict resolution practitioners faced a dilemma: they understood how to design better ADR processes but were often unsure of their authority to offer ADR and were entrenched in systems that made it difficult to use ADR. Today, public participation faces a similar dilemma. We know what good participation looks like, but using better participation is challenging because of legal and systemic impediments. This need not be the case. In this article, we assert that tapping the full potential of public participation requires better designs, better laws, and better systems.

Keywords: Alternative Dispute Resolution, ADR, Public Participation

Suggested Citation

Nabatchi, Tina and Ertinger, Emma and Leighninger, Matt, The Future of Public Participation: Better Design, Better Laws, Better Systems (September 24, 2015). Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 33: S35-S44, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2715147

Tina Nabatchi (Contact Author)

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

Emma Ertinger

Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs ( email )

400 Eggers Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Matt Leighninger

Deliberative Democracy Consortium ( email )

United States

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