ERIC Number: ED141443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Political Innovation and Institution-Building: The Experience of Decentralization Experiments.
The purpose of this paper is to resolve what determines the success or failure of innovations in participatory government; and, more precisely what are the dynamics of institution-building by which the ideas of participation and decentralization are implemented and enduring neighborhood institutions are established. To answer these questions, a number of decentralization experiments were examined to determine which organization structures, social conditions, and political arrangements are most conducive to successful innovation and institution -building. This inquiry has several theoretical implications: (1) it examines the nature and utility of political resources available to ordinary citizens seeking to influence their government; (2) it comments on the process of innovation (3) the inquiry addresses the problem of political development, at least as it exists in urban neighborhoods; and (4) it seeks to lay the groundwork for a theory of neighborhood problem-solving and a strategy of neighborhood development. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, City Government, Community Development, Community Involvement, Decentralization, Government Role, Innovation, Local Government, Neighborhoods, Organizational Change, Politics, Power Structure, Public Policy, Urban Areas
Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 111 Prospect Street, New Haven, Conn. 06520
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.