Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Dr. Gage Chapel, Examination Committee Chair, Professor of Communication University of Nevada Las Vega
Number of Pages
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.
Political participation; Water resources development; Water utilities
Civic and Community Engagement | Communication | Water Resource Management
Holmberg, Marcia Lynne, "Public Participation Program Development: An analysis of public participation in the water industry" (1997). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 279.