The Healthy Communities Movement: A Time for Transformation
The profile of the Healthy Communities movement has dimmed somewhat over recent years, but as this author notes, the need for healthy communities themselves has not gone away. Wolff looks at some of the challenges the movement has faced and draws on the experiences of Healthy Communities Massachusetts to suggest ways that other practitioners can reenergize their efforts.
Community Support Organizations: Enabling Citizen Democracy to Sustain Comprehensive Community Impact
Joseph A. Connor
To move beyond ad hoc collaboration, community groups need to develop the organizational infrastructure to sustain themselves. This article, by the founder of the Collaboratory for Community Support, examines the attributes and functions of community support organizations and offers a number of lessons learned.
The Civic Villages Stake in Human Development
Youth civic engagement continues to attract a great deal of interest and concern within the civic engagement community. The research director of the Search Institute links the healthy development of young people to the long-term capacity for civic engagement.
Free Airtime: How to Use a Public Good for the Public Interest
Uncertainty over the final status of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act adds to the impetus for additional reforms to the electoral system. The Free Airtime Coalition continues its efforts to make broadcast airtime more accessible to more candidates.
Effective Mayoral Leadership in Council-Manager Cities: Reassessing the Facilitative Model
James H. Svara
Mayoral leadership in council-manager cities is generally a more nuanced phenomenon than it is in mayor-council forms of government. Svara presents refinements to the facilitative model and considers recent data on mayoral effectiveness in council-manager cities.
From Popular to Personal Democracy
Matthew A. Crenson
The author of this article uses the term personal democracy to describe the current state of affairs in which the rise of interest group advocacy, the reinvention of government, and a shift in the meaning and practices of civic education have contributed to demobilization of popular democratic support for collective ends.