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Hill, Kelly (2009)

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Abstract Affordable Housing and Governance in Cities By Kelly Hill

This study examines the growing role of local governments in addressing the social welfare needs of the urban poor. The theory developed here builds on the extant literature on urban governance models, specifically civic capacity which argues that major public problems require cross-sectoral collaboration, which occurs when stakeholders from across public, private and non-profit sectors work together to achieve mutually held goals. I further contend that collaborative activity within these coalitions is facilitated by a key political entrepreneur who works to coordinate resources, minimize conflict and mitigate collective action problems.

To test this argument, I examine affordable housing politics in four cities: Atlanta, Phoenix, Portland and Washington D.C. between 2002 and 2007, to see what accounts for local policy responsiveness to affordable housing shortages. This research ultimately finds that while civic capacity provides some insight into how local communities advance social welfare agendas, it is limited in its explanatory power.

Affordable Housing and Governance in Cities By Kelly Christine Hill B.A., Clark Atlanta University, 2000 Advisor: Michael J. Rich, Ph.D. A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Emory University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science 2009

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Table of Contents Chapter 1 Inequality and Governmental Responsiveness...1 Chapter 2 The Evolution of Affordable Housing Policy...43 Chapter 3 Portland...71 Chapter 4 Phoenix...105 Chapter 5 Atlanta...126 Chapter 6 Washington D.C....149 Chapter 7 Civic Capacity and the Limits of Cross-sectoral Collaboration...177 Bibliography...221 Appendix...234

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