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Title:The Political Economy of Interorganizational Relations in The Central Cities: Ceta and Economic Development (Coordination, Disadvantaged Manpower, Urban, Employment)
Author(s):Sheets, Robert Givens
Department / Program:Sociology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Public and Social Welfare
Abstract:This study defines a sociology of interorganizational relations and addresses the structural barriers to the coordination of employment and training and economic development programs in the central cities. It defines a sociology of interorganizational relations by scaling up the theoretical issues raised by the recent sociologies of organizational structure and expanding an approach to policy sector analysis in the context of current theories in urban political economy. This study argues that one central theoretical problem in the sociology of interorganizational relations is understanding the socio-historical processes which connect policy sectors as an outgrowth of the major conflicts and structural pressures in urban political economies. It argues that the formation of quasi-public administrative arrangements between employment and training and economic development organizations results from the inherent structural tensions between business growth and political integration policy sectors and the minority and poor and corporate business interests which surround them. This study examines the coordination problems between CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Prime Sponsors and Private Industry Councils (PIC) and economic development organizations in the central cities. It is hypothesized that the formation of independent PICs and quasi-public CETA-economic development coordination results from the effects of economic distress and minority and poor population pressures under the conditions of a strong corporate business presence. In turn, these quasi-public forms of government action result in lower CETA service levels to the hard-core economically disadvantaged. This study was based on a 1980 survey of 55 central cities and supplemental CETA program information. It was found that economic distress was strongly associated with quasi-public CETA-economic development coordination in central cities with a strong corporate business presence. Minority and poor population pressures had a weak effect on the formation of independent PICs. These quasi-public administrative arrangements had only limited impacts on CETA service levels to the economically disadvantaged. However, PIC-sponsored programs were found to provide significantly lower service levels to the hard-core disadvantaged. These CETA program differences were strongest in cities with a social welfare CETA prime Sponsor and an independent Private Industry Council.
Issue Date:1985
Description:218 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8511673
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1985

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