Homeowners Associations in Historical Perspective

Public Administration Review, July/August 2011

4 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2013  

Robert H. Nelson

University of Maryland - School of Public Policy

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Abstract – This article offers a brief historical overview of the rise and growing social significance of homeowners associations in the United States. With the spread of business corporations in the late nineteenth century, private ownership of American business property increasingly became collective. Since the 1970s, homeowners associations have extended this fundamental collectivizing trend to private ownership of residential property. Homeowners associations are replacing public zoning in the United States as the primary instrument by which the close interdependencies of properties in residential neighborhoods are controlled. By 2009, there were more than 160,000 homeowners associations in the United States. This article is part of a special mini-symposium on HOAs as Private Governments in the July/August 2011 issue of the Public Administration Review.

Keywords: homeowners associations, collective property ownership, land use regulation

JEL Classification: Q, R

Suggested Citation

Nelson, Robert H., Homeowners Associations in Historical Perspective (2011). Public Administration Review, July/August 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2364159

Robert H. Nelson (Contact Author)

University of Maryland - School of Public Policy ( email )

College Park, MD 20742-1815
United States
301-405-6345 (Phone)
301-718-4377 (Fax)

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