One thing that often frustrates advocates of public engagement is the way that out-dated laws, initially intended to increase transparency and participation, can often do exactly the opposite in a new culture of engagement. On October 23 from 9:30-11:30 am at the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium will address this issue, launching a new set of legal tools for public participation:
Most of the laws that govern public participation in the United States are over thirty years old. They do not match the expectations and capacities of citizens today, they pre-date the Internet, and they do not reflect the lessons learned in the last two decades about how citizens and governments can work together. Increasingly, public officials and staff are wondering whether the best practices in participation are in fact supported – or even allowed – by the law.
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