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Institutionalized social skill and the rise of mediating organizations in urban governance: the case of the Cleveland Housing Network

McQuarrie, Michael and Krumholz, Norman (2011) Institutionalized social skill and the rise of mediating organizations in urban governance: the case of the Cleveland Housing Network. Housing Policy Debate, 21 (3). pp. 421-442. ISSN 1051-1482

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Abstract

In this paper we build on an expanding literature that attempts to understand the changing organizational and institutional dimensions of contemporary urban governance. We do so by utilizing the Cleveland Housing Network as a lens through which salient characteristics of contemporary governance become visible. Doing so enables us to highlight the distinctive challenges of the multi-institutional nature of contemporary governance arrangements and “heterarchic” governance in particular. These challenges situate mediating organizations as central components of governance arrangements. Finally, by focusing on the distinctive characteristics of the organization's leaders, we demonstrate that mediating organizations are usefully thought of as institutionalized forms of the “social skill” of institutional entrepreneurs.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > Sociology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2013 12:56
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/52473/

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