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ERIC Number: ED133269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
Citizen Participation: A Functional Analysis.
Lede, Naomi W.; Dixon, Hortense W.
Citizen participation in Model Cities programs in ten southwestern cities is analyzed to determine the impact of federal assistance on housing in urban areas. The first section of the study provides a functional analysis of citizen participation in Model Cities, with special emphasis on performance criteria of resident involvement. Section two examines resident involvement from the standpoint of interagency linkages and procedures, overall performance, and goal achievement. The third portion of the study discusses the concepts of power and perceived alienation and considers some fundamental questions relative to the Model Cities demonstration projects as an instrument of change. Four distinctive findings of the study are indicated. First, there was a great deal of citizen involvement during initial stages of program planning. Second, there was substantial involvement by residents in areas such as membership on Model Cities program boards, subcommittees, local agencies, and other program-assisted projects. Third, there was evidence of increased citizen participation in neighborhood and other civic affairs. Fourth, socioeconomic variables, such as occupation, income, and education, correlated negatively with powerlessness, normlessness, and social isolation. Residents appeared to feel that they are part of, rather than alienated from, the Model City agencies. Seventeen tables and a bibliography are included. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Attitudes, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Community Planning, Community Study, Data Analysis, Decision Making, Government Role, Models, Neighborhood Improvement, Participation, Program Evaluation, Public Agencies, Public Housing, Research, Tables (Data), Urban Planning, Urban Renewal, Urban Studies
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Southern Univ., Houston. Urban Resources Center.