Community development as a public sector agenda

Felice Davidson Perlmutter, Ram A. Cnaan

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This paper documents how one Department of Recreation in a large city underwent a planned change effort which transformed some 200 site managers into active community organizers. Based on the philosophy of a very dynamic new commissioner (a former community organizer), city employees enhanced local civic participation and forged a partnership between the public and private sectors as well as with local residents. The paper presents the guiding philosophy, implementation steps, an assessment of the impact of the change, and a discussion of the potential of such a process which can be adopted nationwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-77
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Community Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 3 Sep 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Community organizing
  • Partnerships
  • Planned change
  • Recreation
  • Urban change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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