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Does Local Government Matter?: How Urban Policies Shape Civic Engagement

Elaine B. Sharp


Until recently, policy evaluation has mostly meant assessing whether government programs raise reading levels, decrease teen pregnancy rates, improve air quality levels, lower drunk-driving rates, or achieve any of the other goals that government programs are ostensibly created to do. Whether or not such programs also have consequences with respect to future demands for government action and whether government programs can heighten—or dampen—citizen involvement in civic activities are questions that are typically overlooked. This book applies such questions to local government. Employing polic ... More

Keywords: policy evaluation, government programs, reading levels, teen pregnancy rates, government action, civic activities, policy feedback theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677085
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elaine B. Sharp, author
Professor and Chair, Political Science, University of Kansas