Carmen Sirianni and Lewis A. Friedland We welcome the opportunity to engage in discussion of some of the issues raised by our book, Civic Innovation in America, with Jean Cohen, Harry Boyte, Bill Gamson, Susan Ostrander and Mark R. Warren. Our analysis has already built upon important insights in their work and will no doubt continue to do so. racy") in various forms. We recognize, however, that there are still areas of this analysis that require greater analytic attention and clarification. Let us briefly address a few of them. Conflict and Collaboration Conflict is an important component of much social learning. We cannot understand the innovations in civic environmentalOur book examines civic innovation as a social learning ism as represented by watershed and other ecosystem restoration strategies, for instance, without recognizing conflictual local process extending over the past several decades. It is here, howorganizing in many places, as well as the power of an organized ever incompletely, that we find critical lessons for broadening and deepening civic democracy to grapple with the challenges environmental movement to win rights to participation in the of an increasingly complex society where ordinary citizens, as regulatory system. We cannot understand innovations in
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Published: Dec 2, 2003
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