Urban Policy Dilemmas

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Political dimensions of the urban policy dilemma: The political dilemma is whether the government should take responsibility for the lack of affordable housing, and to what extent the government should intervene in social conflicts. There is the conservative argument that homelessness is inevitable, and that government should be more hands off. For instance, the homeless are heavily dependent on welfare, and on governmental institutions, which is a burden for taxpayers that have no relationship to the homeless population. Kingdon makes a compelling argument of why some topics never make to the policy agenda, and questions the politics behind who has the most authority to get legislations through the floor. Homelessness is not an easy topic to get to the agenda because it does not lead to profit. Policy dimensions of the urban policy dilemma: The policy dilemma about homelessness and directing funds for affordable housing are not well taken by decision makers because these actions require a tremendous investment from the government. In order to solve homelessness, the federal…show more content…
Its democratic legitimacy defended (procedurally and or substantively): Housing the homeless is a redistributive policy that aims at providing the basic needs of survival, and ensuring that everyone has access to housing. Procedurally, providing housing to the homeless is essential to our democracy, and to further the nation. The process of getting redistributive policies in the congress is almost impossible due to the high level of polarization. Special Interests, lobbyists and corporations do not favor redistributive policies. It is quite difficult to direct funding towards housing subsidies, and to increase resources for the

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