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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/10436

Title: Participatory Governance in Public Housing? Understanding Spaces for Participation and Empowerment through the Tenant Representative Role
Authors: McCollum, Erica
Advisor: Schugurensky, Daniel
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: Participatory democracy
citizenship learning
Issue Date: 25-Jul-2008
Abstract: In order to address the disconnection between the governing and the governed in our democracies and bureaucracies, many practitioners and academics are looking at models such as participatory governance to increase empowerment and foster better decision- making. Although this model has some encouraging possibilities, there are challenges to implementing an empowering and participatory process. To better understand these issues, this research focused on tenant representatives’ understanding and experience of their role in a recently implemented participatory process in the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. Representatives reported taking on extensive responsibilities to improve their communities and interviews with tenants suggested empowerment and citizenship were often products of tenant participation. The research also found limitations on empowerment and the extent to which tenants saw themselves as agents and decision-makers in the Tenant Participation System. The paper connects how structure and education impacts the possibilities for agency and empowerment of participants.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/10436
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