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Education and the Empowerment Zone: Ad Hoc Development of an Interorganizational Domain

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Empowerment Zones have been created as instruments for funding policy innovations. Yet, more important than their fiscal role is their potential to regulate turbulent interorganizational fields. Many entities in the city have overlapping interests in community social, political, and economic development, but they act so autonomously that no one can dominate and no one can act alone effectively. This article presents a case study of education initiatives in the Baltimore Empowerment Zone. It shows how the Ad Hoc Group on Education and the Empowerment Zone, a small network of education officials, academics, community activists, and EZ Board members, contributed to the governance of the education and Empowerment Zone field. The case offers lessons for coordinating Empowerment Zones and other turbulent domains.

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Maryland

Publication date: September 1, 1999


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