How do Neighborhood Associations Get Things Done? Stories of Deliberation and Collective Practices

By Maria Veronica Elias.

Published by The Technology Collection

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An ongoing inquiry into grassroots democracy is the determination of how it actually occurs in practical terms. Researchers continue to explore the experiences of people working together in neighborhoods to solve common problems in an effort to shed light on the actual practices of citizen-driven endeavors. In an effort to advance this line of research, this article explores the experiences of two neighborhood associations in a medium sized city in the middle western part of the United States and how their members define, devise ways to, and ultimately solve common problems. A discussion of the implications of these findings and their impact on public administration, local governance, and the ability of grassroots group dynamics to “get the job done” is offered.

Keywords: Grassroots Democracy, Community Organizing, Neighborhood Association

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.189-200. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 627.105KB).

Prof. Maria Veronica Elias

Assistant Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, USA

Maria Veronica Elias is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs, at The Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Professor Elias holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Urban Studies from The University of Akron, Ohio; a Masters in Arts in Geography and Urban Planning from the same university; a Specialization in Management of Natural Spaces from The International University of Andalusia, Spain; and a University Graduate Degree (BA) in Geography from The National University of the South, Argentina. Professor Elias’s research interests focus on active citizenship in local governance; community processes; and interpretive phenomenology of grassroots democracy.


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