termine, at least in part, the resources controlled by external organizations that are deemed "critical." Conservative administrators, for example, may value social resources controlled by the established bar, while more liberal administrators seek the respect of liberal interest groups and low-income advocacy organizations.
The organization's environment may affect its policies. If few organizations in the community favor resource allocations to law reform activity, policymakers may avoid enacting policies that encourage it. If, on the other hand, a large number of organizations favor law reform over service, administrators may respond by excluding a number of case categories, thus permitting lawyers to spend the time necessary to bring broad policy suits.
The interactions just discussed are logical possibilities, but are not grounded in the empirical world. To determine how these variables actually influence activity and interact with one another, structured empirical research is needed. The presentation of findings of this research begins in the next chapter.
The Legal Services Corporation conducted its own study of local agencies, comparing the performance of LSC funded programs to 38 demonstration projects, including judicare programs, prepaid legal services, organized pro bono programs, contracts with private firms, voucher programs, and legal clinics. See The Delivery Systems Study: A Policy Report to the Congress and President of the United States ( Washington, D.C.: Legal Services Corporation, June 1980).