Although citizen engagement is a core public service value, few public administrators receive training on how to share leadership with people outside the government.Participatory Budgeting in the United States serves as a primer for those looking to understand a classic example of participatory governance, engaging local citizens in examining budgetary constraints and priorities before making recommendations to local government. Utilizing case studies and an original set of interviews with community members, elected officials, and city employees, this book provides a rare window onto the participatory budgeting process through the words and experiences of the very individuals involved. The central themes that emerge from these fascinating and detailed cases focus on three core areas: creating the participatory budgeting infrastructure; increasing citizen participation in participatory budgeting; and assessing and increasing the impact of participatory budgeting. This book provides students, local government elected officials, practitioners, and citizens with a comprehensive understanding of participatory budgeting and straightforward guidelines to enhance the process of civic engagement and democratic values in local communities.
Jesus (AKA Yahshua) for Positively Pagan Dummies is a book for people who would like to understand the person of Jesus Christ without all the trappings of the institutional Church. The author takes the reader back in time to an ancient culture to meet the man called the Son of God who upset the religious elite of his day, ran around with the wrong crowd, and earned the respect and adoration of the common people including the poor and social outcasts. The reader will be surprised and warmed by his band of disciples who are surprisingly human. They are a bunch of fisherman, a terrorist, and a tax collector, and they are anything but religious, sophisticated or sanctimonious.
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