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The Federal Government As “Houser of Last Resort”: A Policy for Democratic Urban Growth

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Urban Law Annual


It may be useful to divide existing national government policies into two streams for purposes of analyzing their impact on the distribution of resources and, inevitably, the pattern of human settlement. First is the functional stream of policies, by which resources are distributed according to economic functions that do not respect geographic boundaries within the national economy. A quite separate stream might be called the territorial or area development policy stream. These policies distribute national resources by virtue of some territorial objective, usually involving cooperative action by other levels of government in the federal system.