Citizen guides inform about public issues

Cover image Local Governments and Home Rule in South Carolina A Citizen's GuideTo better inform citizens about state and local government issues, Clemson’s Strom Thurmond Institute of Government and Public Affairs has produced two award-winning booklets called citizen guides.
The Thurmond Institute conducts applied research and public service programs to enhance civic awareness of public policy issues and to improve the quality of national, state and local government.

The two publications are written to inform ordinary citizens about public policy issues and provide them with the information and tools they need to take action. They provide background information on the issues and close with a summary called “What Can a Citizen Do?”

Both publications have received the S.C. State Library’s Notable State Document Award. This award recognizes state governmental publications of outstanding merit and usefulness to the citizens of South Carolina. It is presented to just 10 recipients selected out of nearly 3,500 publications submitted to the library each year.

“The Thurmond Institute books are really commendable. They do a lot of research,” said Elaine Sandberg, government documents librarian at the State Library.

The first booklet, Paying for Government in South Carolina: a Citizen’s Guide, won the award for 2003. The second, Local Governments and Home Rule in South Carolina: a Citizen’s Guide, won for 2004. Both were written by Holley Hewitt Ulbrich and Ada Louise Steirer.

For more information: or call 864-656-4700.