Title page for ETD etd-04082008-164622

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Schooley, Shawn Erik
Author's Email Address seschool@vt.edu
URN etd-04082008-164622
Title Appreciative Democracy
Degree PhD
Department Public Administration and Public Affairs
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Wolf, James F. Committee Chair
Haraway, William M. III Committee Member
Rohr, John A. Committee Member
White, Orion F. Jr. Committee Member
  • public administration
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • citizen participation
Date of Defense 2008-03-27
Availability unrestricted
This is a qualitative exploratory, descriptive study to ascertain the feasibility of public administrators at the local government level using an Appreciative Inquiry approach to increase direct citizen participation. It is framed by the interpretive paradigm. Twenty city managers or their designees from cities of between 40,000 and 250,000 citizens were interviewed. Specifically, respondents were asked twelve semi-structured interview questions. Content analysis was used to identify six themes in the data. Ultimately, this study found that Appreciative Inquiry may be useful in limited circumstances as long as barriers to implementation were adequately addressed. However, the potential risks may outweigh the benefits.
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