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Segregation by Design
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. A theory of segregation by design; 3. Protecting investments: segregation and the development of the metropolis; 4. Engineering enclaves: how local governments produce segregation; 5. Living on the wrong side of the tracks: inequality in public goods provision, 1900-1940; 6. Cracks in the foundation: losing control over protected neighborhoods; 7. Segregation's negative consequences; 8. Locking in segregation through suburban control; 9. The polarized nation that segregation built; 10. Concluding thoughts and new designs; References; Index.

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Local governments use their control over land use to generate race and class segregation, benefitting white property owners.

About the Author

Jessica Trounstine is Associate Professor of Political Science at University of California, Merced. She is the author of Political Monopolies in American Cities: The Rise and Fall of Bosses and Reformers (2008), which won the American Political Science Association's (APSA) Prize for Best Book on Urban Politics. Trounstine served as President of the Urban and Local Politics Section of APSA from 2014-2015. Her research examines subnational politics and the process and quality of representation.

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'This is a terrific and timely book. Trounstine analyzes one of the pillars of structural racism and how it was built cumulatively to become something that on the surface looks like the workings of a color-free market. While big outcomes seldom derive solely from a single factor, Trounstine does a superb job of placing the political dominance of white homeownership in a long and consequential directory.' Clarence Stone, Research Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, The George Washington University
'Segregation by Design is one of the best books on urban politics in years. Trounstine takes on fundamental issues of segregation and inequality across cities and shows how policies meant to guarantee equal access to public services have often had perverse consequences. The book is beautifully written, erudite, and interesting on virtually every page. We need more books like this.' Christopher Berry, William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor, University of Chicago
'Trounstine's effective use of primary and secondary historical evidence and a wide range of quantitative data and methods results in a convincing argument about the role of local government actors in generating residential segregation. This book is a compelling and important contribution to the large literature on the causes and consequences of geographic segregation in the US.' Elisabeth R. Gerber, Jack L. Walker, Jr Professor of Public Policy, Associate Dean, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
'Trounstine fills an enormous hole in our understanding of how segregation evolved in the United States.' J. Eric Oliver, University of Chicago
'This is a terrific and timely book. Trounstine analyzes one of the pillars of structural racism and how it was built cumulatively to become something that on the surface looks like the workings of a color-free market. While big outcomes seldom derive solely from a single factor, Trounstine does a superb job of placing the political dominance of white homeownership in a long and consequential directory.' Clarence Stone, Research Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, The George Washington University
'Segregation by Design is one of the best books on urban politics in years. Trounstine takes on fundamental issues of segregation and inequality across cities and shows how policies meant to guarantee equal access to public services have often had perverse consequences. The book is beautifully written, erudite, and interesting on virtually every page. We need more books like this.' Christopher Berry, William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor, University of Chicago
'Trounstine's effective use of primary and secondary historical evidence and a wide range of quantitative data and methods results in a convincing argument about the role of local government actors in generating residential segregation. This book is a compelling and important contribution to the large literature on the causes and consequences of geographic segregation in the US.' Elisabeth R. Gerber, Jack L. Walker, Jr Professor of Public Policy, Associate Dean, Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
'Trounstine fills an enormous hole in our understanding of how segregation evolved in the United States.' J. Eric Oliver, University of Chicago

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