Citizen Lobbyists

Local Efforts to Influence Public Policy

Brian Adams
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PB: $32.95
EAN: 978-1-59213-570-7
Publication: Dec 06

HC: $80.50
EAN: 978-1-59213-569-1
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248 pages
5.5 x 8.25
13 tables, 1 figure

How do ordinary citizens become involved in local politics?

Read the Introduction (pdf).


"Adams' work makes an important and accessible contribution to understanding participation by providing a comprehensive analysis of citizen involvement in local policy processes in Santa Ana, California(.)... This book helps to advance knowledge of participation. Explaining patterns of participation by examining the characteristics of the policies in which citizens become involved is extremely unique and insightful; questions concerning who participates remain common in this field. The in-depth nature of the study--especially its theoretical grounding, the provision of methodological rationales, and the successful integration of both quantitative and qualitative data--is an extremely positive quality. Adams attention to common themes and their exceptions makes the complexity of participation come to life.... (T)he book does make a considerable contribution to understanding participation and has the potential to enhance efforts to improve participatory policy analysis."The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

"This book is a valuable contribution to the literature on grassroots politics in American communities.... In his focus on the issues that prompt participation and on the nature of the citizen lobbying responses that result, Brian Adams plows new ground in the study of citizen activism. Citizen Lobbyists is a worthwhile read." Urban Affairs Review

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Citizen Efforts to Influence Local Policy

Part II: Participation Across Local Policies
Chapter 3: Policy Characteristics and Patterns of Participation
Chapter 4: Policy Entrepreneurs and the Opportunity to Participate
Chapter 5: Local Newspapers and Participation
Chapter 6: Social Conflict and Participation

Part III: How Citizens Participate
Chapter 7: Participatory Strategies and Tactics: An Overview
Chapter 8: Public Meetings and the Democratic Process
Chapter 9: The Political Value of Social Networks

Part IV: Conclusion
Chapter 10: The Practice of Local Democracy

Appendix: Policies Discussed by Interview Respondents
Tables and Figures

About the Author(s)

Brian E. Adams is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at San Diego State University.