Homeowners Associations in Historical Perspective
Public Administration Review, July/August 2011
4 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2013
Date Written: 2011
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
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