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Neighborhood Defenders
Participatory Politics and America's Housing Crisis

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  • Date Published: December 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108477277

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  • Since the collapse of the housing market in 2008, demand for housing has consistently outpaced supply in many US communities. The failure to construct sufficient housing - especially affordable housing - in desirable communities and neighborhoods comes with significant social, economic, and environmental costs. This book examines how local participatory land use institutions amplify the power of entrenched interests and privileged homeowners. The book draws on sweeping data to examine the dominance of land use politics by 'neighborhood defenders' - individuals who oppose new housing projects far more strongly than their broader communities and who are likely to be privileged on a variety of dimensions. Neighborhood defenders participate disproportionately and take advantage of land use regulations to restrict the construction of multifamily housing. The result is diminished housing stock and higher housing costs, with participatory institutions perversely reproducing inequality.

    • Shows how politics shapes housing policy and availability
    • Uncovers how land use regulations and participatory gaps intersect to reproduce inequality
    • Tests theory through rigorous empirics to provide a systematic yet deeply textured examination of local housing politics
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    • Date Published: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108477277
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.516kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Neighborhood defenders and the power of delay
    3. Land use regulations and multifamily housing development
    4. Land use regulations and public input
    5. Who are the neighborhood defenders?
    6. Neighborhood defense tactics
    7. Gentrification, affordable housing, and housing reform
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Katherine Levine Einstein, Boston University
    Katherine Levine Einstein is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Initiative on Cities at Boston University.

    David M. Glick, Boston University
    David M. Glick is Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Initiative on Cities at Boston University.

    Maxwell Palmer, Boston University
    Maxwell Palmer is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Faculty Fellow at the Initiative on Cities, and Junior Faculty Fellow at the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University.

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