Caught in the Middle: Conflict between Grassroots and Instrumental Forms of Civic Participation

This article explores the various roles of citizen participation in community based organizations (specifically community development corporations). It includes a “Citizen Participation Continuum” which helps organizations and groups understand the source of conflicts between different types of citizen participation and provides organizations with a road map for evaluating programs that promote change in society.

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  1. Caroline McAndrews says:

    This was incredibly useful when teaching my students about how to think critically about their role when entering communities to work. Are there more resources that people have found that deal with critical thinking applied to community-based work, particularly when outside organizations or entities intervene?

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