Maryam Hasan

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Helenan S. Robin

Second Advisor

Dr. Chester Rogers

Third Advisor

Dr. David Houghton

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This research describes and compares locally initiated citizen advisory committees in two Michigan cities, Kalamazoo and Portage. The goal of the description and comparison was to assess the differences, if any, in advisory members' definitions and perceptions of advisory committee purposes, membership characteristics, activities, organization, and members' satisfaction with advisory committee's recommendations and other activities. The study has revealed that there is no significant differences statistically or analytically between the two cities in the area of locally initiated advisory committees even though Kalamazoo is a central city of a metropolitan area with a more heterogeneous population than Portage, a suburban city in the same metropolitan area.