Campus Activity: Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan


February 21, 2020    
12:15 pm-1:45 pm



Event Type


12:15pm – 1:45pm – Armitage Hall, 3rd Flr Faculty Lounge

When the 2011 municipal takeover in Flint, Michigan placed the city under state control, some supported the intervention while others saw it as an affront to democracy.  Still others were ambivalent about what was supposed to be a temporary disruption.  However, the city’s fiscal emergency soon became a public health emergency-the Flint Water Crisis-that captured international attention.  But how did Flint’s municipal takeovers, which suspended local representational government, alter the local political system?  In Power, Participation, and Protest in Flint, Michigan, Ashley Nickels addresses the ways residents, groups, and organizations were able to participate politically – or not – during the city’s municipal takeovers in 2002 and 2011.  She explains how new politics were created as organizations developed, new coalitions emerged and evolved, and people’s understanding of municipal takeovers changed.  In walking readers through the policy history of, implementation of, and reaction to Flint’s two municipal takeovers, Nickels highlights how the ostensibly apolitical policy is, in fact, highly political.

Ashley E. Nickels
Assistant Professor 
of Political Science
Kent State University

She is the co-editor of Community Development and Public Administration Theory: Promoting Democratic Principles to Improve Communities (Routledge) and author of Power, Participation, and Protrest in Flint Michigan (Temple)