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Evictions from Public Housing: Effects of Independent Review

Richard Lempert and Kiyoshi Ikeda
American Sociological Review
Vol. 35, No. 5 (Oct., 1970), pp. 852-860
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2093296
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Evictions from Public Housing: Effects of Independent Review
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Abstract

This paper examines the change in eviction decisions within a local housing authority which occurred when the power to make those decisions was transferred from a board of authority officials to a board of citizen volunteers. Accountability to tenant interests, as measured by the percentage of favorable decisions, increased; accountability to project managers decreased. This is reflected by a percentage change in the kinds of actions brought before the board and by efforts to evade the formal system. The direction of change is seen as a likely but not inexorable result of independent review. Role theory elaborates this idea. The process by which citizens were incorporated into the decision making theory is viewed as a form of co-optation.

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