Research Handbook on Community Development
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Research Handbook on Community Development

Edited by Rhonda Phillips, Eric Trevan and Patsy Kraeger

This timely Research Handbook offers new ways in which to navigate the diverse terrain of community development research. Chapters unpack the foundations and history of community development research and also look to its future, exploring innovative frameworks for conceptualizing community development. Comprehensive and unequivocally progressive, this is key reading for social and public policy researchers in need of an understanding of the current trends in community development research, as well as practitioners and policymakers working on urban, rural and regional development.
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Chapter 13: Managing competing interests in the public participation process: lessons from an analysis of residential displacement in Buffalo, New York’s transitioning neighborhoods

Robert Mark Silverman, Li Yin and Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

Abstract

This chapter describes strategies adopted by community development researchers to manage competing interests in the public participation process. A typology of competing interests in the public participation process is introduced. It is applied to the analysis of stakeholder engagement in a project focused on neighborhood revitalization and inner-city displacement in Buffalo, New York. That project involved: the engagement of citywide stakeholders in collaborative analysis, consultations with grassroots stakeholders about the analysis, and a series of focus groups with homeowners, renters and other neighborhood-based stakeholders. The findings describe how the researchers managed competing interests during each stage of the participation process. The findings also highlight how the typology of competing interests in public participation can inform community development professionals working in other contexts.

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