Award Date

12-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication

First Committee Member

Dr. Gage Chapel, Examination Committee Chair, Professor of Communication University of Nevada Las Vega

Number of Pages

117

Abstract

The field of public participation is a distinct, but yet unpolished facet within the public relations industry. While the purpose of and need for public participation are becoming increasingly clear, many remain unaware or unconvinced of its advantages. Likewise, even among those who endorse the necessity of public participation, its methods and strategies continue to be a mystery to most.

One industry, in particular, that has recognized and embraced the benefits of conducting public participation is the water utility industry. The purpose of this thesis is to 1) crystallize the understanding of why public participation is a necessary and advantageous tool 2) to exemplify how to conduct public participation by providing both general guiding principles and a specific conceptual framework for program implementation.

Keywords

Political participation; Water resources development; Water utilities

Disciplines

Civic and Community Engagement | Communication | Water Resource Management

Language

English


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