Model Cities: Liberal Myths and Federal Interventionist Programs

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All federal community development efforts undertaken in the past twenty years have been based on a related series of "liberal" myths about the nature of social change. In succession, each program-from slum clearance to community action-has purported to seek to reform the intergovernmental system by intervening at some crucial point without supplying the resources to change it fundamentally. Model Cities is the most recent in this series of programs, and its history illustrates the scope and limits of the liberal "interventionist" approach.

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Judith Lynch Waldhorn (University of California, Berkeley)
Steven Arthur Waldhorn (Princeton University)

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