- The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy
- List of Contributors
- The Fragmented American Welfare State: Putting the Pieces Together
- Social Provision before the Twentieth Century
- The Progressive Era
- The Great Depression and World War II
- From the Fair Deal to the Great Society
- The U.S. Welfare State Since 1970
- A Cross-National Perspective on the American Welfare State
- Cultural Influences on Social Policy Development
- Political Institutions and U.S. Social Policy
- Political Parties and Social Policy
- Interest Groups
- Constituencies and Public Opinion
- Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Social Policy
- Social Security
- Private Pensions
- Long-Term Care for the Elderly
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- The Politics of Supporting Low-Wage Workers and Families
- Food Assistance Programs and Food Security
- Public Housing and Vouchers
- Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income
- Workers’ Compensation
- Unemployment Insurance
- Care and Work-Family Policies
- Homeownership Policy
- Private Health Insurance: Tax Breaks, Regulation, and Politics
- Pension and Health Benefits for Public-Sector Workers
- Social Programs for Soldiers and Veterans
Abstract and Keywords
Since the nation’s founding, Americans have generally preferred owning property to renting. Government policy in the U.S. has long supported the goal of increasing homeownership through regulation and support of the financial system to strengthen credit for homeowners, tax subsidies for homeowners, direct subsidies for consumers and developers, local zoning laws, and tenant-landlord law that make renting less favorable. This chapter will briefly describe the history of these policy tools, explain how they work, and explore the strengths and weaknesses of homeownership in general and government policy to encourage Americans to buy rather than rent their homes.
Peter Dreier is the Dr. E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics, and director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Department, at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
Alex Schwartz is Associate Professor of Urban Policy at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, The New School for Public Engagement.
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