In this article, I utilize the case of New York City to assess the role and influence of public-participation mechanisms operating in large urban public school systems under mayoral control. I find that the public-participation mechanisms operating under New York City’s mayor-controlled school system can produce some policy and administrative changes despite their lack of formal statutory powers. Their ability to produce such changes depends on several factors, including a citizen and administrative ability and willingness to identify and utilize opportunities for collaboration, the presence of a culture of civic engagement within local communities, and the political values reflected in formal policy advisories.
Castillo, Marco A.
"Public Participation, Mayoral Control, and the New York City Public School System,"
Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 9
, Article 6.
Available at: http://www.publicdeliberation.net/jpd/vol9/iss2/art6