Michael C. Craw

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
School of Public Affairs

Ross Hall
2801 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR

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I have two major areas of interest. The first concerns local policymaking and policy outcomes on social welfare issues. My main argument here is that there is considerable variation across communities in how they address poverty owing to differences in both urban fragmentation and local politics. My second research area concerns urban neighborhood development. I focus on explaining why many urban neighborhoods in jurisdictions that are losing population and wealth nevertheless remain stable or experience significant economic development. I argue that differences in institutions for neighborhood self governance explain these differences in neighborhood economic development.

Craw, Michael. “The Institutional Analysis of Neighborhood Governance.” 2017. Public Administration Review 77(5): 707-717.
Abstract: Sub-local governance organizations may provide a way for some urban neighborhoods to stabilize and improve property values. Recent advances in collective action theory, spatial statistical methods and data availability now make it possible to more directly evaluate the effects of these organizations. The analysis combines geocoded assessor’s data and data from a survey of neighborhood and homeowner associations to analyze a model of prices of single family homes in Little Rock from 2012-2016. The results show that neighborhood and homeowner associations both have significant positive effects on neighborhood property values relative to unorganized neighborhoods and that the effect of neighborhood associations is at least as large as that of homeowner associations. Moreover, the results indicate that neighborhood association structure mediates the effect on property values, though this is not the case for homeowner associations.
DOI: 10.1111/puar.12707
Craw, MIchael. "The Effect of Fragmentation and Second-Order Devolution on Efficacy of Local Public Welfare Policy." Publius 45 (2):270-296.
Craw, Michael. 2006. "Overcoming City Limits: Vertical and Horizontal Models of Local Redistributive Policymaking." Social Science Quarterly 87 (2):361-379.
Craw, Michael. 2008. "Taming the Local Leviathan: Institutional and Economic Constraints on Municipal Budgets." Urban Affairs Review 43 (5):663-690.
Craw, Michael. Forthcoming. "Deciding to Provide: Local Decisions on Social Welfare." American Journal of Political Science.
URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1540-5907.2010.00464.x/abstract

Substantive Focus:
Economic Policy
Social Policy SECONDARY
Urban Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY