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Research Brief on American Cities – City Hall, the Public, the Media and Community Groups


This Research Brief is the second reporting the findings of a survey of municipal officials conducted by NLC in the summer of 2009. Local officials think that many individuals and groups are responsible for contributing to and participating in democratic decision making. City officials seek more and better support from these various stakeholders to enhance public involvement.

This brief outlines local officials’ assessments of the contributions and skills of city hall and municipal officials, the public, the media, community institutions and special interest groups in public engagement processes and proactive efforts to deliberate issues and help solve problems in their communities.

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