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Democracy as Problem SolvingCivic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe$
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Xavier de Souza Briggs

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026413

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.001.0001

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From the Ballot Box to Better Results: Cross-Sector Accountability in the San Francisco Children’s Movement

From the Ballot Box to Better Results: Cross-Sector Accountability in the San Francisco Children’s Movement

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(p.231) 10 From the Ballot Box to Better Results: Cross-Sector Accountability in the San Francisco Children’s Movement
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Democracy as Problem Solving
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Souza Briggs

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026413.003.0010

This chapter discusses how the Coleman Advocates, a civil society organization that is not a mass membership group, helped in making the San Francisco children's movement successful and also played a role in freeing critical children's services from non-profit patronage politics in San Francisco. The focus of the children's movement on public spending priorities and accountable use of funds helped to make problemsolving a priority rather than constructing a nonprofit empire of child bureaucracies. With the implementation of the Children's Amendment and the strategic leadership of Coleman Advocates, the children's movement mastered the electoral process in the city and also took hold of the municipal budget cycle.

Keywords:   civil society organizations, children's movement, Children's Amendment, municipal budget, San Francisco

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