Award Date

December 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Environmental and Public Affairs

First Committee Member

Emil L. Bernick

Second Committee Member

Christopher Stream

Third Committee Member

Karen Danielsen-Lang

Fourth Committee Member

Christie Batson

Number of Pages



For decades urban centers across the country have experienced significant transition in demographics, population, composition of workforce, and the industries that constitute their economic base. The Federal Government has sought to address the issues of urban cites through a series of urban polices. This study explores one of the more prominent and sustained urban policies, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and evaluates a series of political factors on local decision making in the allocations of Community Development Block Grant dollars.

Using path analysis, the research explores the statistical significance of social, economic and political factors combined with historical and governmental structures to determine if these factors affect the local decision makers and their allocations of CDBG funds. The study focuses on CDBG entitlement cities in the Chicago, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area and uses data from 2000 through 2012. Special consideration is paid to the growth patterns for the 22 cities in this research. The results of the study identified seven different factors that explain the variation in the decisions by local decision makers on CDBG allocations. In addition the study determined that these factors resulted in a series of combinations between both direct and indirect effects on CDBG allocations.


Community Development Block Grants; Economic Development; Policy Decisions; Public Administration; Urban Policy


Public Administration | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Policy

File Format


Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




IN COPYRIGHT. For more information about this rights statement, please visit