Citizen Participation in Resource Allocation

By William Simonsen; Mark D. Robbins | Go to book overview

4
How Fiscal Information
and Service Use Influence
Citizen Preferences

The first two chapters of this book introduced some of the historical and theoretical roots of citizen participation and reviewed the design of some specific new and innovative processes. The third chapter introduced a novel budget-balancing survey methodology and explored how citizens in Eugene, Oregon, responded to this task. One fundamental assumption of these new processes is that they present information that allows citizens to make judgments that are qualitatively different and, it is to be hoped, better than those made without such processes. If citizens are given opportunities to make decisions with relevant information that in some way reflects the real problems facing their government, they may appreciate more fully the issues involved. We expect the resulting decisions to be more stable and perhaps even to be more or less sympathetic to government, depending on the issue. In any event, we would expect these decisions to be different. If there is no difference, why bother with these elaborate and resourceconsuming citizen participation processes? If there is a difference, we want to know how large it is, what kind of difference it is, and how it might affect citizen choices. These differences are empirically testable. We can measure the size and direction of these effects. One aim of this chapter is to test whether fiscal information influences support for services. The other aim is to see if service use affects support for services. We analyze two of the Eugene Decision surveys to test these ideas, 1 but first we step back to frame this analysis in terms of our ideas of citizenship and citizen motivation.


Notions of Citizenship and Responses to Fiscal Information

The "good citizen" is invoked daily in the political and administrative rhetoric of city councilmembers, mayors, and managers across thousands of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Figures and Tables ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction xiii
  • Notes xx
  • 1 - Theoretical and Historical Context of Public Participation 1
  • Notes 19
  • 2 - Contemporary Techniques for Citizen Involvement 21
  • Notes 42
  • 3 - How Do (citizens Balance the Budget? 45
  • Notes 70
  • 4 - How Fiscal Information and Service Use Influence Citizen Preferences 71
  • Notes 112
  • 5 - Conclusions: Lessons for Governments 115
  • Appendices 125
  • References 163
  • Index 173
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