This work studies five American cities - Birmingham, Dayton, Portland (Oregon), St. Paul and San Antonio - with neighbourhood associations that have substantial authority over the decisions that affect their communities. The authors rigorously evaluate these systems with data collected from surveys of 11,000 citizens and interviews with 400 policy-makers.
Jeffrey M. Berry is John Richard Skuse Class of 1941 Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. His most recent book, The New Liberalism: The Rising Power of Citizen Groups(Brookings, 1999) won the Policy Studies Organization's 1999 best book award. Kent E. Portney is a professor of political science at Tufts University. Ken Thompson is director of the Center for Strong Democracy.