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Performance of the hollow state: Local responses to the devolution of affordable housing


2004 2004

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The ways in which governments are being organized and managed is changing. To an increasing extent public policies and programs are being administered through complicated webs of multifaceted entities which include public authorities, special districts, government “instrumentalities”, government sponsored enterprises, nonprofit organizations, and private for-profit corporations. This dissertation examines how local general purpose governments attempt to govern in this new environment referred to as the “hollow state.” At the same time there has been a trend toward adopting managerial reforms as a means for improving government performance. Yet the hollow state environment is expected to make public management more complicated due to the numerous and varied relationships that it requires. The purpose of the study is to explain the relationship between decision-making and performance in the hollow state. Specifically, the study examines how local public managers attempt to manage the production of affordable housing which is undertaken by entities largely outside the governmental hierarchy utilizing resources provided by the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, a federal block grant for housing.

The study first examines the efficiency in affordable housing production utilizing three different techniques: standard regression analysis, Substantively Weighted Least Squares (SWAT) and Data Envelopment Analysis. The multi-technique approach is useful in that the techniques emphasize different aspects and together provide a more thorough picture of government efficiency. The study also involves a detailed comparative analysis of six mid-sized cities. The findings reveal that despite differences in managerial philosophy managers in each of the six cities employ similar management mechanisms which are largely influenced by national level institutions. Further, performance is largely influenced by strategy adoption which differs according to the organization of governmental entities. Thus, while managerial reforms as a means for improving performance may be necessary, they are not sufficient without institutional change. A number of tools exist for managing in the hollow state but without institutional change, local managers are constrained from employing many of these mechanisms.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Public administration;
Management;
Urban planning;
Area planning & development
Classification
0617: Public administration
0454: Management
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Affordable housing; Housing devolution; Local responses; Public-private partnership
Title
Performance of the hollow state: Local responses to the devolution of affordable housing
Author
Koerner, Mona Kay
Number of pages
418
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0227
Source
DAI-A 65/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780496017478, 0496017470
Advisor
Wilson, Robert H.
University/institution
The University of Texas at Austin
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3143885
ProQuest document ID
305131269
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305131269/abstract
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