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A World of Homeowners: American Power and the Politics of Housing Aid

Nancy H. Kwak


After World War II, American planners and housing experts urged countries around the world to launch mass homeownership programs. The US’ rising dominance in the global economy led these men and women to believe they could exert greater influence over the writing of laws, institutions, and forms around the world. They believed more accessible, mortgage-driven homeownership could spread political and economic stability; by giving families a literal stake in the nation, governments could stimulate political “buy in” and motivate higher savings rates, providing a larger pool of potential developm ... More

Keywords: housing, homeownership, democracy, modernization, development, foreign aid, Cold War, tropical housing, urban planning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226282350
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226282497.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy H. Kwak, author
University of California