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

dc.contributor.advisorWilson, Robert Hinesen
dc.creatorKoerner, Monaen
dc.date.accessioned2008-08-28T22:30:27Zen
dc.date.available2008-08-28T22:30:27Zen
dc.date.issued2004en
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe 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 multitechnique 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.
dc.description.departmentLBJ School of Public Affairsen
dc.format.mediumelectronicen
dc.identifierb60809899en
dc.identifier.oclc68691016en
dc.identifier.proqst3143885en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/2048en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en
dc.subject.lcshMunicipal government--United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshMunicipal officials and employees--United Statesen
dc.subject.lcshHousing--United Statesen
dc.titlePerformance of the hollow state: local responses to the devolution of affordable housingen
dc.type.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.departmentLBJ School of Public Affairsen
thesis.degree.disciplinePublic Affairsen
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen

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