New Book: Housing Policy in the United States

Posted by on December 8, 2006

[posted from Comm-Org]

From: “ALEX Schwartz”

I am pleased to announce the publication of Housing Policy in the United States: An Introduction (Routledge).

The blurbs:
Alex Schwartz’s impressive book presents a comprehensive introduction to a critical issue while also articulating the complexities of contemporary debates. This is a smart, well-written text that is sure to be required reading for the next generation of housing policy advocates and practitioners.

Rachel G. Bratt
Professor and Chair
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Tufts University

Alex Schwartz’s Housing Policy in the United States is without doubt the best book on the topic now available. It is comprehensive, well-written, up-to-date, and insightful. Practitioners, policy analysts, journalists and scholars who need a thoughtful and straightforward summary of housing issues will want this book on their shelves. College professors looking for a compelling one-volume introduction to the field for their students should look no further. It will be useful in urban planning, urban studies, urban history, public policy, public administration, sociology, political science, and social work courses.”

Peter Dreier
E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics
Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Program
Occidental College


Alex Schwartz uses both a spotlight and a microscope to examine housing policies and programs in the United States. The results are illuminating and sobering. Notwithstanding a plethora of government programs, the societal goal of a “decent home in a suitable living environment” remains elusive. Schwartz argues persuasively for an enhanced and more targeted government role and responsibility.

Nicolas P. Retsinas,
Director, Joint Center for Housing Studies,
Harvard University

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