Democracy and Civic Engagement

Former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham described democracy and politics in the United States as a spectator sport, meaning our citizens watch from the sidelines and do not get actively involved. Indeed, researchers show that public participation is low, social trust is lacking and propensity for empathy is declining. The state of our civic nation is in need of improvement.

Professors and students with the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management study the tools, technologies and processes for effective civic engagement. They also provide consultation to local governments and nonprofit organizations on effective participation practices. In 2013, the CPNM became an official service provider to the International City County Management Association’s Center for Management Strategies, available for consultation and applied research on civic engagement in local governments around the United States and beyond.

For more information, contact CPNM Director Deborah Carroll.

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