Presidential Leadership and Housing Segregation

43 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2007  

Charles M. Lamb

State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo - Department of Political Science

Adam W. Nye

State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo - Department of Political Science

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

This paper first presents a simple typology for comparing presidential leadership in federal housing segregation policy. Then, in separate sections, it surveys the development of housing segregation policy during the Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy administrations. Finally, in a short summary section, it integrates these findings with prior research from the Johnson through the Clinton administrations, using the presidential leadership typology presented earlier. It concludes that Truman and Kennedy exercised moderate liberal leadership in housing segregation policy while Eisenhower's administration was characterized by conservative nonleadership. By contrast, Lyndon Johnson exercised strong liberal leadership compared to the liberal nonleadership of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Like Eisenhower, Gerald Ford exhibited conservative nonleadership in this policy arena, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush exhibited moderate conservative leadership, and Richard Nixon's fair housing policy qualified him as a strong conservative leader.

Keywords: presidents, fair housing, housing segregation

Suggested Citation

Lamb, Charles M. and Nye, Adam W., Presidential Leadership and Housing Segregation (April 2007). Buffalo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007-010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1003781 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1003781

Charles M. Lamb (Contact Author)

State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo - Department of Political Science ( email )

520 Park Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
United States

Adam W. Nye

State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo - Department of Political Science ( email )

12 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14222
United States

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