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ERIC Number: ED141443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 70
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Political Innovation and Institution-Building: The Experience of Decentralization Experiments.
Yates, Douglas
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)
Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 111 Prospect Street, New Haven, Conn. 06520
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Inst. for Social and Policy Studies.