Master of Arts (MA)
Ethics and Policy Studies
First Committee Member
Ira H. Peak
Number of Pages
This thesis discusses the current problems surrounding civic participation. Conventional political wisdom tells us that many people have become apathetic when it comes to getting involved in politics. However, I will argue that policy makers misconstrue their perception of the public because they are operating from paradigms which are not democratic. When policy makers operate from these faulty paradigms, the role of the public becomes subordinated and the public is effectively "locked out" of the political decision-making process. I will offer an alternative to the current paradigms in an attempt to restore the proper role of the citizens to public decision-making, in order to promote the principles of representative democracy. To provide clarity and proximity to this national problem, I will contextualize my analysis within the circumstances surrounding the Sunrise Manor Township of Clark County, Nevada.
Apathy; Civic; Impotence; Involvement; Making; Policy
Political science; Philosophy; Sociology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Kuchuris, Chris Gregory, "Policy making and civic involvement: Apathy or impotence?" (1992). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 257.