Cities as Communicative Change Agents
Edited By erin daina mcclellan, Yongjun Shin and Curry Chandler
3. Social Capital and Social Change in Urban Politics: Understanding a Local Policy Case from an Urban Communication Perspective: YONGJUN SHIN, BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY, U.S.
3. Social Capital and Social Change in Urban Politics: Understanding a Local Policy Case from an Urban Communication Perspective
Providing affordable housing for low-and moderate-income households contributes to not only providing decent housing for all Americans, but also promoting socio-economic and ethnic integration. Inclusionary zoning is one regulatory program that municipal or county governments use to address affordable housing for lower-income households. This study reviews the case of Madison, Wisconsin’s affordable-housing efforts and contextualizes how Madison’s inclusionary-zoning ordinance was created and failed. Finally, a historical case study of the policy demonstrates that public policy can be a political product which needs collective efforts for actualization and implementation, rather than merely a technical, administrative solution for public needs and urban issues. Based on the evidence of the efficacy for the core stakeholders’ collective networking and policy opposition, this study attempts to explain, inductively, the political process of policy creation and implementation with the concept of social capital in the context of politics. In the following sections, we will discuss the effects of IZ on U.S. affordable housing and how IZ policies have been passed in the states. Then, Madison’s IZ will be intensively investigated in the context of local politics and with the concept of social capital.
Keywords: affordable housing, community development, housing policy, inclusionary zoning, social capital, urban communication, urban planning, urban politics
Housing profoundly affects both national and local economies as well as individuals’...
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