Urban Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization: Turning a Federal Program into Local Projects

Urban Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization: Turning a Federal Program into Local Projects

by Donald Rosenthal


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Although many scholars have emphasized the shortcomings of federal housing programs, few have examined their successes and failures on a case-by-case empirical basis. With the possibility that federal involvement in housing may increase in the future, we need to have more precise knowledge of what works, what does not, and why. Donald Rosenthal's new book is the first study to focus on the Section 8 Neighborhood Strategy Area program (NSA)—one of the last major housing initiatives of the Carter administration. Reporting on his extensive field research, the author examines the development and implementation of the program and documents its results. In the process, he provides valuable new insights on American intergovernmental relations between 1977 and 1984 and traces the evolution of federal policy on assisted housing and community development under the Carter and Reagan administrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313261480
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/07/1988
Series: Contributions in Political Science Series , #20
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

DONALD B. ROSENTHAL is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Table of Contents


Studying the Intergovernmental Policy Process

Creating the Conditions for Program Making

National Planning for the NSA Program

Macro-Implementation I: The National Effort

Macro-Implementation II: The Local Perspective

Macro-Implementation I: Organizing for Project Implementation

Micro-Implementation II: Bureaucratic and Intergovernmental Hurdles

Micro-Implementation III: Making Projects Go

Micro-Evaluation: Perspectives on Program Performance

Micro-Evaluations: The Impacts of NSA Programs

The Neighborhood Strategy Area Program in Theory and Practice

Appendix A: Persons Interviewed

Appendix B: Project Activity



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