query: community benefit agreements
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colist at comm-org.wisc.edu
Wed Jan 17 10:34:12 CST 2007
[ed: thanks to John for continuing the discussion.]
From: Joatlas at aol.com
I am writing a detailed account of Acorn's CBA in Brooklyn. You can read
my early analysis in Shelterforce, the Battle of Brooklyn. Also, re:
Barton. Was there ever a time when public-private partnerships or CBA
were not the result ,at least partly ,from some struggle?
National Housing Institute/Shelterforce Magazine
74 Clinton Ave.
colist at comm-org.wisc.edu wrote:
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> From: "Barton, Stephen" <SBarton at ci.berkeley.ca.us>
> I would have to reply with the question, what do you mean by
> If you look at it broadly, European social democracy is a community
> benefits agreement at the national level, in which a democratic
> government, strongly influenced by labor or socialist parties, ensures
> that a capitalist, market economy supports a social safety net, a
> major public sector, and operates within a regulatory framework that
> provides significant protections to workers and the public. Local
> agreements can be steps in this direction, or they can be inadequate
> patronage deals that lead nowhere but sustain the existing systematic
> imbalance of forces in the U.S. Thirty years ago the buzz word was
> "public-private partnerships", which sometimes meant just a fig leaf
> over subsidy for business but sometimes meant getting important
> community benefits in return. With rise of the hard right wing of the
> Republican Party to political power such benefits became an
> unnecessary compromise and the "Public-Private partnership" phrase
> fell into disfavor. It seems to me that the community benefits
> agreements are often situations where community organizations are
> fighting to get benefits that in a previous balance of political
> forces was considered a normal and reasonable compromise by business
> interests. I suspect the meaning of a community benefit changes when
> the community has to fight for it, and build the political power to
> win the benefit as opposed to being "given" it to buy support from an
> existing power base. Note by analogy the situation of unions in the
> 1930s struggling to establish their power base compared to the
> complacency of the 1960s. So I agree with the comment that community
> benefits are not inherently anything, and knowing the detailed context
> is essential.
> Stephen Barton, Ph.D. AICP
> Housing Director
> City of Berkeley
> 2180 Milvia Street
> Berkeley, CA 94704
> Tel: 510-981-5401
> Fax: 510-981-5450
> E-mail: sbarton at ci.berkeley.ca.us
> colist at comm-org.wisc.edu wrote:
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>> [ed: please feel welcomed to copy COMM-ORG with responses to Jacob's
>> question. We have had some discussion about CBAs on the list in the
>> past, and I always it useful to return to good discussions.]
>> From: Jacob and Sarah Lesniewski <jshm at uchicago.edu>
>> I'm a grad student at University of Chicago, and I'm working
>> on a lit review for a professor of mine, seeking to answer
>> the question "are community benefit agreements neo-liberal."
>> I'm having some challenge finding critiques of community
>> benefit agreements as well as trying to gain a historical
>> perspective of why this tactic or strategy has emerged. Any
>> help or direction would be fantastic.
>> Jacob Lesniewski
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