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.
Public participation in the housing permitting process empowers unrepresentative and privileged groups who participate in local politics to restrict the supply of housing.
Katherine Levine Einstein is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Initiative on Cities at Boston University. David M. Glick is Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Initiative on Cities at 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.
'An excellent resource for those interested in housing policy and
politics in the US.' D. Schultz, Choice
'Neighborhood Defenders is an incredibly important book that sharpens our understanding of how privileged voices are fundamentally advantaged in local politics. The book reveals that land use regulations restrict housing development and equal access to housing by offering the opportunity for motivated residents to delay, alter, and sometimes even veto development through the public hearing process.' Jessica Trounstine, University of California, Merced
'Neighborhood Defenders is a book of nuances, to be read with your thinking cap on and your mind open to new insights. It shows that, while participation can be a powerful source of inequality, NIMBYISM is only one slice of the whole reality of housing politics.' Clarence Stone, George Washington University