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Making Sense of American Liberalism$
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Jonathan Bell and Timothy Stanley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036866

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036866.001.0001

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Liberalism in the Postwar City

Liberalism in the Postwar City

Public and Private Power in Urban Renewal

(p.135) 6 Liberalism in the Postwar City
Making Sense of American Liberalism

Lizabeth Cohen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how the postwar reality is complicated, and a major aspect of that complexity was the different balance, in different places and moments of time, between public and private power and resources. Although there was little escaping the necessity of involving private investment in urban redevelopment, the authority of the public realm over private sector activity varied and made a difference. The chapter follows the evolution of the liberal city-building project over the postwar period, with particular attention to the shifting balance of power between the public and private realms, its implications, and, through this case, the historical evolution of postwar liberalism.

Keywords:   urban renewal, public power, private power, private investment, postwar liberalism

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