ERIC Number: ED105025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Street-Level Governments: Assessing Decentralization and Urban Services (An Evaluation of Policy Related Research).
Yin, Robert K.; Yates, Douglas
Urban decentralization is an attempt to reorganize local services through some combination of: (1) giving service recipients or clients greater responsibility over service policies (the client dimension) and (2) increasing service resources at the level of specific, geographically defined neighborhoods (the territorial dimension). The reorganization can stem from one or more of seven possible strategies; community relations, physical redeployment, administrative decentralization, grievance mechanism, employment of neighborhood residents, new neighborhood institutions, and/or political decentralization. These seven strategies fall into three groups that reflect the degree of intended decentralization along either the client or territorial dimension. The first four are weak strategies, the next two are moderate strategies, and the last may be considered a strong strategy. The present study is a summary assessment of 269 case studies of urban decentralization, dealing with three major questions: What have been the outcomes of the decentralization innovations, as reported by the case studies? What is the relationship between these outcomes and the attempt to implement weak, moderate and strong decentralization strategies? What is the relationship between these outcomes and various other factors? (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: For the "Executive Summary" of this report, see UD 015016