The City Square

Pete Peterson Talks Public Engagement and How to Improve It

October 29, 2015

Americans have long been distrustful of Congress and the federal government, but new polls have recently shown that they are no more fond of local and city governments. This seems strange, since local government is closer and therefore more responsive to those it represents. Low trust in local government should worry city leaders, but not to fear--Pete Peterson is here! As the Interim Dean of Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy, Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, and former candidate for California Secretary of State, Mr. Peterson has some sage advice for local governments can engage their citizens for more effective governance.

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