Land Use and Society, Third Edition
Geography, Law, and Public Policy
The intersection between geography and law is a critical yet oftenoverlooked element of land-use decisions, with a widespread impact onhow societies use the land, water, and biodiversity around them. LandUse and Society, Third Edition is a clear and compelling guide to therole of law in shaping patterns of land use and environmentalmanagement. Originally published in 1996 and revised in 2004, thisthird edition has been updated with data from the 2010 U.S. Census andrevised with the input of academics and professors to address thechanging issues in land use, policy, and law today.
Land Use and Society, Third Edition retains the historicalapproach of the original text while providing a more concise andtopical survey of the evolution of urban land use regulation, fromEurope in the Middle Ages through the present day United States.Rutherford Platt examines the “nuts and bolts” of land usedecision-making in the present day and analyzes key players, includingprivate landowners, local and national governments, and the courts.This third edition is enhanced by a discussion of the current trendsand issues in land use, from urban renewal and demographic shifts incities to the growing influence of local governance in land usemanagement.
Land Use and Society, Third Edition is a vital resource forany student seeking to understand the intersection between law,politics, and the natural world. While Platt examines specific rules,doctrines, and practices from an American context, an understanding ofthe role of law in shaping land use decisions will prove vital forstudents, policymakers, and land use managers around the world.
Introduction. Geography, Law, and Landscape: Reflections From 30,000Feet
PART I. Preliminaries: Land, Geography and Law
Chapter 1. Land Use and Society: Fundamentals and Issues
Chapter 2. Shaping the Human Landscape: The Interaction of Geographyand Law
PART II. From Feudalism to Federalism: The SocialOrganization of Land Use
Chapter 3. Historical Roots of American Land Use Institutions
Chapter 4. Building a Metropolitan Nation: 1900-1940
Chapter 5. The Polarized Metropolis: 1945-2010
Part III. Discordant Voices: Property Rights vs. The PublicInterest
Chapter 6. Property Rights: The Owner as Planner
Chapter 7. The Tapestry of Local Governments
Chapter 8. Zoning, Regionalism, and Smart Growth
Chapter 9. Land Use and the Courts
Chapter 10. Congress and the Metropolitan Environment
Epilogue. Towards More Humane Urbanism
List of Acronyms
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