Revisiting the Neighborhood Council System in Los Angeles

Professor Terry Cooper, Hui Li and Bo Wen

As effective representative bodies for channeling citizen interests and improving public services, the Neighborhood Council (NC) System in Los Angeles has long been considered a significant institutional innovation in local governance. However, the outcome of such innovation has been mixed. To understand how it has worked and to make it better, this study will perform an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the NC system in promoting civic engagement and improving local governance. By combining documentary analysis, in-depth interviews, and a system-wide survey, the study will identify the success and failures of its implementation and provide policy recommendations for policy makers.