Governments are known to organize conferences from time to time: those being conferences where they invite both their own people (the civil servants) and external stakeholders, including members of the general public. So, why do governments often run these conferences (given the fact that the conferences often turn out to be considerably expensive)?
Well, the first reason as to why governments often run conferences is something to do with the desire to sell their policies to members of the general public. Let’s say, for instance, that the New Jersey state government has just come up with a policy, where it is seeking to encourage people to pay traffic ticket fines online, through portals like the one described at www.wwwnjmcdirectcom.org. The government may, in that case, be faced with resistance, especially for folks in cases where the NJMCdirect ticket amount is low. So it becomes necessary to sell the policy: with conferences being amongst the platforms used for the purpose.
The second reason as to why governments often run conferences is something to do with the desire to get feedback from the members of the general public, about their various policies. This is especially necessary at the stage where the policies are ‘suggested’ or ‘proposed’ and then views from the public are sought, before the policies are subsequently implemented.