Citizen Engagement and Activism


Citizen Engagement and Activism

An example of citizen engagement and activism is ‘Occupy Wall Street Movement’ which started in Zuccotti Park, New York on September 17, 2011 and was aimed to speak against social and economic inequality, corruption, greed, and undue influence of companies on government mainly from the financial services (Schmidt, Németh & Botsford, 2011). The ‘Occupy Wall Street Movement’ is expounded in an article by Teachout (2012) which examines the unique relationship between the public sphere, legalism and devolution of power witnessed by the author at the Occupy Wall Street Movement. According to the article, the example of the Occupy Wall Street suggest the misplacement of the association of the devolved with non- legalistic in the bottom-up culture. The movement gives a good example of how citizens can influence decisions and policies by the government through a bottom-up approach (Teachout, 2012.



Citizen Engagement and Activism

Citizen Engagement and Activism
Subject Area
Public Relations
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week 8 – public admin

Citizen engagement and activism inform the government of the needs of the citizenry and often result in the implementation of polices and laws that address those needs. On a national level, a number of events in recent history illustrate the impact of citizen engagement in public administration and public policy. One example is the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Public outcry following the publication of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle led to the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act, which established the FDA. Similarly, massive citizen protests had an impact on the ending of the war in Vietnam.

For this Discussion, select a specific example, from your own experience or from the media (such as the Occupy Wall Street movement) that illustrates the role of citizen engagement and activism as they relate to public administration and/or public policy. Search the Walden Library, and select an article that supports or expands upon your example of citizen engagement.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post a brief description of the example you selected, and summarize the article you found. Explain the public administration or public policy issue the citizens were addressing. Then, explain the role of this specific instance of citizen engagement and activism on public administration and public policy. Include in your explanation of how citizens impacted the power dynamics of policymakers.

validate an idea with your own experience

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Review Chapter 2, “The Political and Cultural Environment of Public Policy and Its Administration” (pp. 40-70)
Bryer, T. A. (2013). Designing social media strategies for effective citizen engagement: A case example and model. National Civic Review, 102(1), 43–50.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Glaser, M. A., Hildreth, W., McGuire, B. J., & Bannon, C. (2011). Frederickson’s social equity agenda applied. Public Integrity, 14(1), 19–38.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Teachout, Z. (2012). Legalism and devolution of power in the public sphere: Reflections on Occupy Wall Street. Fordham Urban Law Journal, 39(5), 1867–1894.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
The new laboratories of democracy: How local government is reinventing civic engagement. Part one: Structure and form. (2009). National Civic Review, 98(2), 3–8.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Pfeffer, J. (1992). Understanding power in organizations. California Management Review, 34(2), 29–50.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
Wedel, J. R. (2011). Federalist no. 70: Where does the public service begin and end? Public Administration Review, 71, s118–s127.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.