This study investigates the factors that generate local-level capacity for community governance in low-material-resource communities. Two current models of capacity building suggest competing ways in which community governance capacity may be built, whether through the “bottom-up” interaction of indigenous local resources with interventions designed to enhance those resources or through a “top-down” approach in which local capacity is instantiated through the design of state-centered citizen participation programs. Drawing on the “hybrid” example of the City of Los Angeles neighborhood council system, which combines an institutional framework of local governance with reliance on indigenous resources, the study engages a micro-level comparison of the means and mechanisms that produce governance capacity within three neighborhood council organizations, using the competing frameworks to structure analysis. The investigation concludes by offering a model of supported self-determination, which suggests how top-down and bottom-up approaches to capacity building may be reconciled.
|Advisor:||Musso, Juliet A.|
|Commitee:||Sloane, David, Weare, Christopher, Wong, Janelle|
|School:||University of Southern California|
|Department:||Policy, Planning and Development|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-A 71/09, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public administration, Urban planning|
|Keywords:||Citizen participation, Community, Community capacity building, Empowerment, Government, Local government|
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