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Nonprofits and the Reconstruction of Urban Governance: Housing Production and Community Development in Cleveland, 1975–2005

Michael Mcquarrie

in Politics and Partnerships

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780226109961
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226109985 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226109985.003.0009
Nonprofits and the Reconstruction of Urban Governance: Housing Production and Community Development in Cleveland, 1975–2005

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The relationship between nonprofits, states, and markets is changing. Researchers' understanding of this relationship conventionally depends on the assumption of sector-specific institutional environments that, in their variety, offer an antidote to rationalization around unitary institutional logics. Many have noted that the last thirty years have witnessed the abandonment of many postwar institutional arrangements. This shift has been based on a highly contingent process of institutional innovation and has resulted in new modes of governance that defy the traditional market–state dualism. These experiments and transformations challenge the conventional juxtaposition of states, markets, and nonprofits. In order to understand this institutional transformation, this chapter examines the reconstitution of urban governance through the analytical lens of nonprofit housing production. Although not a general argument, the case it examines does shed light on the contemporary transformation and, in particular, highlights the changing role of nonprofit organizations in institutional experimentation and new modes of governance.

Keywords: nonprofits; housing production; community development; market–state dualism; institutional innovation; governance

Chapter.  12039 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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