Richard Allen Hays, Jr.

University of Northern Iowa
Public Policy

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

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The 3rd Edition of my book, "The Federal Government and Urban Housing", an 80 year history of housing policy in the U.S., was published by SUNY Press in 2012. My current research is on citizen participation at the neighborhood level. I have also published two articles on Northern Ireland in the Urban Affairs Review, based on my Fulbright Fellowship there. The first article was on evolving concepts of citizenship and the second was on policing.

Hays, R. Allen. 2012. "Policing in Northern Ireland: Community Control, Community Policing, and the Search for Legitimacy." Urban Affairs Review.
Abstract: This article explores the recent struggles of Northern Ireland to create a legitimate police force that is viewed as responsive to the needs of both the Catholic/nationalist community and the Protestant/unionist community. Three types of legitimacy are explored: democratic legitimacy through popular control, professional legitimacy of trained public officials, and legitimacy through responsive implementation. Based on 102 qualitative interviews with community leaders and key actors within the process of police governance and community relations conducted between 2007 and 2010, this paper concludes that progress has been made in establishing all three types of legitimacy but that the remaining deep sectarian divisions within the society, combined with recent economic difficulties, present serious challenges to police/community partnerships that will enhance the legitimacy of the police.
Hays, R. Allen. 2010. "The Evolution of Citizenship in a Divided Urban Community: Local Citizen Engagement in Belfast, Northern Ireland." Urban Affairs Review 45 (3): 336-376.
Abstract: This paper explores the complex interactions between national citizenship and local citizenship in the divided city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, as they are emerging a decade after the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement was signed. Even though organized inter-communal violence has ended in Northern Ireland, this society remains deeply divided. The issue of which nation they should be a part of – the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland – is the principle fault line around which these divisions are organized. In the absence of agreement over this fundamental issue, the citizens of Belfast are working each day to address the complex problems which Belfast shares with post-industrial cities across the world. They are functioning as de facto citizens of a common polity. Utilizing in-depth, qualitative interviews with citizens with varied community roles and perspectives, combined with a media survey, this paper addresses the question of how local citizenship is evolving in Belfast and how the evolution of a shared local citizenship may ultimately affect national citizenship. The study of this unique case sheds light on the broader theoretical question of the relationship between local and national citizenship within a democratic polity.
Hays, R. Allen. 2012. The Federal Government and Urban Housing. 3rd State University of New York Press.
Abstract: A comprehensive history of U.S. housing policy from the Great Depression through the first decade of the 21st century.

Substantive Focus:
Social Policy SECONDARY
Urban Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History PRIMARY