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From Nation to States: The Small Cities Community by Edward T. Jennings

By Edward T. Jennings

The appearance of the Reagan administration’s "New Federalism" tasks in 1981 impacted kingdom govt in several methods. One instance of this new period in intergovernmental relatives is the move of accountability of the Small towns group improvement Block provide application from the U.S. division of Housing and concrete improvement to country governments. This quantity offers an outline of the Small towns CDBG application, an research of its politics, and an exam of the furnish award procedures tested through the states. It concludes with an overview of the implications of nation assumption for application actions, results, and management. Assessing this system move in the context of theories and practices of intergovernmental family and coverage execution, the ebook presents wealthy contextual details and a radical comparability of implementation actions and outputs in seven states.

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Also, more recently, many smaller communities have begun to experience a revival caused by the new migration to the countryside; consequently, they have a new basis for making demands on state resources. These differences between the states (in general) and HUD give one reason to expect that the overall program response among the states will differ from HUD's handling of the program. At the same time, the states vary considerably among themselves with respect to the history and mission of the agencies assigned responsibility for the program, the constituencies of those agencies, and the size of the states' legislative bodies.

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The chapters that follow assess state experiences with the Small Cities CDBG program. Throughout, we ask what difference the transfer has made in terms of administrative requirements, participation, responsiveness, and program outcomes. Our primary focus is on the components of implementation and the factors making a difference in program operations; but we also address a number of questions that have been raised with respect to intergovernmental relations in general, and this program in particular.

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