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This paper seeks to explain why localities remain the most significant public actors in shaping urban land use, and to portray the contours of contemporary debate about whether the land-use policy system is in need of fundamental reform.
Altshuler argues that American land use conflict is organized around two competing ideologies, one emphasizing communal values and the benefits of government intervention on their behalf, the other emphasizing individualistic values and the benefits of reliance on free markets. He demonstrates how these ideologies play out in a wide varietyof land use policy situations. One section seeks to explain, moreover, why land use policy has remained so much more decentralized than K-12 education.
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