Citizen Engagement and Activism
|Citizen Engagement and Activism|
|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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