Citizen Participation and Representation in Collaborative Engagement Processes Chapter uri icon


  • This chapter explores citizen participation and representation in collaborative projects using a case study involving two watershed restoration councils in San Antonio, Texas. Our research team formed these councils to develop long-term watershed restoration plans. We describe a theoretical framework for representation of participants in these councils as well as our attempt to use this framework in recruiting stakeholders to participate in watershed restoration councils. The findings, based on surveys of citizens at large as well as participants in the watershed restoration councils, suggest that representation may be the most difficult legitimacy criterion to accomplish in the collaborative engagement process.

author list (cited authors)

  • Samuelson, C. D., Veditz, A., Whitten, G. D., Matlock, M., Alston, L. T., Peterson, T. R., & Gilbertz, S. J.

complete list of authors

  • Samuelson, CD||Veditz, A||Whitten, GD||Matlock, M||Alston, LT||Peterson, TR||Gilbertz, SJ

editor list (cited editors)

  • Sabatier, P. A., Focht, W., Lubell, M., Trachtenberg, Z., Veditz, A., & Matlock, M.

Book Title

  • Swimming Upstream Collaborative Approaches to Watershed Management

publication date

  • 2005