Can Cities Attract Affordable Housing for Economic Development? The Roles of Growth Management Policies and Urban Political Institutions


  • Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Sung-Wook Kwon Texas Tech University
  • Daehee Bak Texas Tech University
  • Sang-Chul Park Yeungnam University



Affordable Housing, Economic Development, Growth Management Policies


While economic development and affordable housing are two important goals for city governments, pursuing both values is challenging due to their conflicting policy nature that is not easily harmonized. Cities inherently focus on economic development policies and tend to pay less attention to redistribution policies such as affordable housing. In this study, we examine why cities pursue both economic development and affordable housing simultaneously in spite of the challenge of balancing two contrasting goals. More specifically, we investigate the influence of state growth management policies and urban political institutions on whether cities support affordable housing to promote their key interest of economic development. Results indicate that state growth management policies are a critical factor that assists city governments attempting to pursue affordable housing and economic development simultaneously, while form of government is not significant.

Author Biographies

Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Sylvia Gonzalez-Gorman is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her research interests are in U.S. Latino politics, U.S. immigration, transborder environmental sustainability, and urban and local government management.

Sung-Wook Kwon, Texas Tech University

Sung-Wook Kwon is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. His research interests include local and urban management, intergovernmental collaboration, metropolitan governance, and local political institutions.

Daehee Bak, Texas Tech University

Daehee Bak is an assistant professor of political science at Texas Tech University. He is interested in examining the linkage between leadership tenure and survival, on the one hand, and interstate conflict and international political economy, on the other, especially focusing on leaders’ foreign policy incentives and domestic constraints across different regime types.

Sang-Chul Park, Yeungnam University

Sang-Chul Park is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration at Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan, South Korea. His research interests include intergovernmental relations, smart and sustainable development, health and urban policy, and official development assistance.






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