Citizen Advisory Committees: A guide for members and
by Alan J. Hahn
"From planning boards to environmental management councils, from advisory
committees on water quality planning to one on coordinating social services,
large numbers of citizen advisory committees (or CACs) have been
established over the years to provide official channels for citizen influence
in public planning and decision making. Such committees -- going
by a wide variety of names -- may advise elected officials (such as mayors
or town boards), administrative agencies, or such nongovernmental organizations
as church groups and private human service agencies. Especially in
recent years, many of them have been set up in response to legislative
requirements for public involvement in various federally assisted programs.
Will a CAC be an effective means of citizen involvement or just window
dressing for the politicians, agencies or organizations it supposedly advises?
A significant share of the responsibility rests with the members themselves.
This bulletin is intended for them (and for others who are thinking about
becoming members). It covers the following topics:
An Extension publication of the New York State College of Human Ecology
and the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Statutory
Colleges of the State University, at Cornell University [undated].
what costs and benefits to expect
what kinds of attitudes to expect from those to be advised
how to increase the likelihood that a CAC's advice will be followed."
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