Two leading practitioners of American citizen engagement have published a recommendable textbook on the art of engagement. Better still, the key insights provided in this book available for free.
Two particularly experienced voices in the American debate on citizen engagement have completed a manual on citizen engagement: Professor Tina Nabatchi from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Matt Leighninger who is the CEO for the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. Their book, Public Participation for the 21st Century, gathers decade’s worth of experience with introducing and carrying out citizen engagement in the American political system on both at both local and federal level. The book itself is recommendable but for those who need a quick overview, the authors have published a number of very educational presentations which are available on the homepage of the publisher. Here you will find e.g.en a topology for engagement processes, which in a simple and accessible manner provides an overview of the different types of engagement, their strengths and weaknesses, and what difficulties you might encounter when you mix the different types of engagement.They introduce a a module for teaching the 10 most necessary key competences for practitioners who work with citizen engagement on a daily basis.
There are a large number of publications on citizen engagement available and truth be told, it might be hard to stomach some of them. We wish to accentuate this publication based on its coherent line of thinking and the ‘based on experience’ approach which will no doubt be of great service to beginners as well as experienced practitioners in this field.