Public Administration ETDs

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The purpose of this study is to provide a compara­tive analysis of policies and participatory reforms of three Federal agencies as they relate to an atmosphere which is conducive to allowing citizen values and preferences to influence decisions and policy formulation. The agencies being compared are: the United States Forest Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

For purposes of this thesis the term, decision­ making, is defined as the process by which various resources are allocated for both consumptive and nonconsumptive use, and policies directing the administration of public lands are formulated within the framework of the laws governing management of public lands. In essence this includes the broad field of planning, program formulation and execution, and policy formulation.

In order to analyze and define the problem being studied, it is important to recognize why citizen participa­tion in management of our public lands has become a sensitive issue over the past decade.

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Public Administration

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Department Name

School of Public Administration

First Committee Member (Chair)

Albert H. Rosenthal

Second Committee Member

Ferrel Heady

Third Committee Member

Vladmir V. Berniklau



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