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Harvey M. Jacobs

Urban and Regional Planning
PhD Cornell University
Research Interests
land trusts and land policy
201 Music Hall
Office Hours
Wednesday, 9:30-1:30, and by appointment

Professor Jacobs's current interests focus on (1) the rise and impact of the private property rights (anti-environmental) movement in the U.S., especially as it exemplifies social conflict over competing concepts of property rights, (2) the transformation of private property as a social and legal institution in western Europe, and (3) the development of peri-urban (urban fringe) land policy for developing countries. Overall, he is interested in the social content of land use and environmental policy, and in how debate over such policy serves as a proxy for more fundamental social discourse. 

Professor Jacobs's research and teaching program focuses on public policy, theory and philosophy for land use and environmental management. Since the early 1990s he has focused his domestic research on the rise and impact of the private property rights (the so-called "wise use") movement, and increasing social conflict over regulatory takings. Internationally, he has addressed issues related to the definition of private property rights, devolution/decentralization of administrative authority for land use planning and policy, and peri-urban land management (the containment of urban sprawl) by national ministries and new local governments in eastern Europe and Africa. Prof. Jacobs has worked and lectured on these topics in Albania, Canada, France, Italy, Kenya, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Trinidad, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. His newest work focuses on the transformation of private property as a social and legal institution in western Europe. 

In 1998 Professor Jacobs edited Who Owns America? Social Conflict Over Property Rights (University of Wisconsin Press); in 2004, in collaboration with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy he prepared the edited volume Private Property in the 21st Century: Globalization of an American Ideal? (Edward Elgar). He is the editor or co-author of three books and author or co-author of 100 articles and essays published in academic and professional journals in the U.S. and western Europe, of which over 30 focus specifically on the social and legal aspects of property rights. 

Generally Professor Jacobs is interested in how societies define property, and the institutions they develop to manage the relationship between private and public rights in property. In his work he argues that these institutions are often a stage in which we act out social debate about more fundamental social values (such as liberty, democracy, citizenship and empowerment). 

Professor Jacobs received his graduate degrees from Cornell University (PhD, 1984). He has won awards and recognition for his research and teaching from Cornell University (in 1980 and 1982), the Journal of the American Planning Association (in 1988 and 2000), the Wisconsin Student Association (1991 and 1992), and the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy (1994). In 1998 he served as the Chester Dean Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture and Urban Design, University of Kansas. As part of a new initiative by the Fulbright Scholar Program, in 2002 he was selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. In 2005 he was selected to serve as a Planning and Development Fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy for his research on private property and planning issues in western Europe. In the spring of 2006 he was recipient of an Individual Residency from the Rockefeller Foundation at their Bellagio (Italy) Study Center for continued work on this research. In 2008 Prof. Jacobs was knighted by the French government; he was honored with the receipt of an L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of the Academic Palms), rank Chevalier (Knight). In recognition of his overall body of work, Prof. Jacobs was been selected to be included in the 64th (2010) edition of Who’s Who in America.  

Since 2009, Prof. Jacobs has been invited to deliver keynote addresses in Tunisia (to the 2009 international training conference “Gouvernance Foncière et Usages des Ressources Naturelles,”); Germany (to the 2010 annual meeting of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights); at the University of Florida (to the 2010 annual Research Showcase of the College of Design, Construction and Planning); and at University of Windsor (Ontario), Canada (to the first inaugural, national conference on “Private Property, Planning and the Public Interest,” sponsored by the Faculty of Law in 2010). 

In 2011 and 2012 Prof. Jacobs served as an invited Fellow at ZiF – Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (Center for Interdisciplinary Research), at the University of Bielefeld, Germany as part of a project on human rights and global social citizenship; he was the only north American invited to be part of the seven person international group. Also in 2011 Prof. Jacobs served as the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor at the Program in Planning at the University of Toronto.  For the three year period 2012-2015 Prof.  Jacobs has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Management Research (Department of Geography, Planning and Environmental Studies) at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Throughout each academic year he will participate in the instructional program through short visits that will allow him to undertake guest teaching, student supervision, and advising on curriculum and research programs; he will also develop collaborative research with colleagues. 

Professor Jacobs holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Gaylord NelsonInstitute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. At UW–Madison since 1984, he has served as Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (1995-1998) and director of the University's Land Tenure Center (1999-2002), a cross college research, technical assistance and training institute that has worked in more 75 countries over a 45 year period on issues relating land ownership and use to social structure, economic development, political organization, and environmental sustainability.

Conservation Easements in the U.S. and Abroad: Reflections and Views Toward the Future, Working Paper, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2014. View Publication.  

“Private Property as a Human Right?” Études Foncieres No. 165 (2013): 10-14. View Publication.

“Private Property and Human Rights: A Mis-match in the 21st Century?” International Journal of Social Welfare 22, S1, (2013): S85-S101. View Publication.

“Public Land Development as a Strategic Tool for Redevelopment: Reflections on the Dutch Experience,” E. van der Krabben and H. M. Jacobs.  Land Use Policy 30, 1 (2013): 774-783. View Publication. 

"Talking About Property Rights Over Tea: Discourse and Policy in the U.S. and Europe," published in the edited volume Planning by Law and Property Rights Reconsidered, T. Hartmann and B. Needham, editors, Surrey, England & Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012, pp 71-96. View Publication.

“Non-Regulatory Approaches to Biodiversity Management: 20th Century Lessons from the U.S.,” in Biodiversite: Droits de Propriété, Économie et Environnement M. Falque and H. Lamotte, eds., Bruylant, Brussels, 2012, pp. 293-301. View Publication 

"All Sound, No Fury? The Impacts of State-based Kelo Laws," H. M. Jacobs and E. M. Bassett. Planning and Environmental Law 63, 2 (2011): 3-8. (This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in Planning & Environmental Law © 2011 American Planning Association; Planning & Environmental Law is available online at this link.) 

"Rarely Managing Growth: The Under-utilization of Land Use Planning," in Rural Housing and Exurbanization, D.M. Marcouiller, M. B. Lapping, and O. J. Furuseth, eds., Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011, pp. 259-271. 

“Stop the Beach Renourishment: Is an Answer 'Blowin’ in the Wind?',” Planning and Environmental Law 62, 9(2010): 7-9. 

“Social Conflict Over Property Rights: The End, A New Beginning or a Continuing Conversation?,” Housing Policy Debate 20, 3: 329-349. 

“After “Kelo”: Political Rhetoric and Policy Responses,” H. M. Jacobs and E. M. Bassett.  Land Lines 22, 2(2010): 14-20. View Publication 

“The Logic and Il-Logic of Regionalism – Fighting Over Property Taxes and Growth,” Regional View: Newsletter of the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, No. 1, February 2010: 4. View Publication 

“Planning is Un-American! (or, what to say when you are accused of being a communist),” Small Town and Rural Planning (newsletter of the American Planning Association division) (June 2009): 1, 6-7, 9.  View Publication 

"U.S. Private Property Rights in International Perspective,” in Property Rights and Land Policies, G. K. Ingram and Y-H Hong, eds.  Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009, pp. 52-69. View Publication 

“Private Property in the 22nd Century,” Planning 75, 5 (2009): 24. View Publication  

“Property Rights: The Neglected Theme of 20th Century American Planning,” co-author with Kurt Paulsen, Journal of the American Planning Association 75, 2 (2009): 135-143. 

"An Alternative Perspective on U.S. – European Property Rights and Land Use Planning: Differences without any Substance,” Planning and Environmental Law 61, 3 (2009): 3-12.  View Publication 

“L’engrenage de la Croissance Urbaine: La Place de la Propriété dans la Planification Urbaine,” (The Machinery of Urban Growth: The Role of Property in the Planning Process”),  Études Foncières No. 132 (2008): 12-16. View Publication (French) 

“The Future of the Regulatory Takings Issue in the U.S. and Europe: Divergence or Convergence?”  Urban Lawyer 40, 1 (2008): 51-72. View Publication 

"Designing Pro-Poor Rewards for Ecosystem Services: Lessons from the U.S.?"  Tenure Brief, No. 8., March 2008.  Madison, WI: Land Tenure CenterView Publication 

"New Actions or New Arguments over Regulatory Takings?" Yale Law Journal Pocket Part 117 (2007: 65-70.  

"Social Conflict Over Property Rights," Land Lines 19, 2 (April) 2007: 14-19. View Publication 

The "Taking" of Europe: Globalizing the American Ideal of Private Property (Working Paper). Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2006 (February). 

"Claiming the Site: Evolving Social-Legal Conceptions of Ownership and Property," in Site Matters, C. Burns and A. Kahn, eds. New York, NY: Routledge, 2005, pp. 19-37. 

Private Property in the 21st Century: The Future of an American Ideal. Editor. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar 2004 

“Introduction: Is All That is Solid Melting Into Air?” in H. M. Jacobs, ed. Private Property in the 21st Century: The Future of An American Ideal. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2004, pp. 1-15. 

“The Future of An American Ideal,” in H. M. Jacobs, ed. Private Property in the 21st Century: The Future of An American Ideal. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2004, pp. 171-184. View Publication 

"The Politics of Property Rights at the National Level: Signals and Trends," Journal of the American Planning Association 69(2)(2003): 181-189. View Publication 

“Making Sense of (Making Cents in) a Changing Urban Form,” in DoubleTake: A Rephotographic History of Madison, Wisconsin, Z. Williams, ed. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002, pp. 19-22. 

"Searching for Urban Wisconsin," Wisconsin Academy Review 47(1)(2001): 49-50. 

"Practicing Land Consolidation in a Changing World of Land Use Planning," Kart og Plan (Norwegian Journal of Mapping and Planning) 60(3)(2000): 175-182. 

"The Ambiguous Role of Private Voluntary Methods in Public Land Use Policy: A Comment," Journal of Planning Education and Research 19(4)(2000): 424-426. View Publication 

"Searching for Urban Wisconsin," in In My Neighborhood: Celebrating Wisconsin Cities, A. Dearlove and M. McIntyre, eds.  1000 Friends of Wisconsin Land Use Institute Anthology Project,  Madison, WI: Prairie Oak Press, 2000, pp. 152-154. 

"Regolazioni Basate su Meccanismi di Mercato in un Sistema di Governo Decentro  (Market-based Regulatory Approaches in a System of Decentralized Governance)," in Urbanistica e Fiscalità Locale: Orientamenti di Riforma e Buone Pratiche in Italia e all'estero, F. Curti, ed.  Milan, Italy: Maggioli Editore, 1999, pp. 135-150. 

"Protecting Agricultural Lands Under the Threat of Urbanization: Lessons for Developing Countries from Developed Countries," in Proceedings: International Seminar on Land Policy and Economic Development, Taoyuan, Taiwan: International Center for Land Policy Studies and Training, 1999, pp. 210-227. View Publication 

"State Property Rights Laws: The Impacts of Those Laws on My Land," Policy Focus Report.  Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, March 1999. View Publication 

"Fighting Over Land: America's Legacy . . . America's Future?" Journal of the American Planning Association 65(2)(1999): 141-149. View Publication 

Who Owns America?: Social Conflict Over Property Rights. Editor.  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998. 

"The 'Wisdom,' But Uncertain Future, of the Wise Use Movement," in Who Owns America?: Social Conflict Over Property Rights, H. M. Jacobs, editor.  Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998, pp. 29-44. View Publication 

"Learning to be a Wisconsin Writer," in A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes, D. Boyer and J. Isherwood, eds. 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Anthology Project.  Madison, WI: 1000 Friends of Wisconsin Land Use Institute, 1998, pp. 135-137. 

"The Impact of State Property Rights Laws: Those Laws and My Land," Land Use Law and Zoning Digest 50(3)(1998): 3-8. View Publication 

"Programmi di Trasferimento dei Diritti Edificatori in USA: Oggi e Domani (Programs for the Transfer of Development Rights Programs in the U.S.: Present and Future)," Urbanistica no. 109 (1997): 62-65. 

"Le Culte de la Propriété aux Etats-Unis (The Cult of Ownership in the United States)," Études Foncières No. 77 (1997): 55-58. 

"The Transfer of Property Rights in the USA," Naturopa No. 85 (1997): 18. 

"La Controverse sur les Droits De Propriété aux Etats-Unis: Un Avenir Incertain (The Controversy over Property Rights in the United States: An Uncertain Future)," in Droits De Propriété et Environnement (Property Rights and Environment), M. Falque and M. Massenet, eds. Paris: Dalloz, 1997, pp. 306-317. 

"Regional Planning," co-author with Edward J. Jepson, Jr., in Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People, Vol. 2, G. A. Goreham, ed., Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, Inc., 1997, pp. 602-604. 

"Community-Based Tenure Reform in Urban Africa: The Community Land Trust Experiment in Voi, Kenya," co-author with Ellen M. Bassett, Land Use Policy14(3)(1997): 215-229. View Publication 

"Whose Rights, Whose Regulations? Land Theory, Land Policy, and the Ambiguous Future of the New Private Property Rights Movement in the U.S.," Environmental Planning Quarterly 13(3)(1996): 3-8.

"A Public Planning Perspective on Strategic Planning," co-author with Jerome L. Kaufman in Readings in Planning Theory, S. Campbell and S. Fainstein, eds. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1996, pp. 323-343. 

"Centralized Growth Management Policy and Local Land Use Decision Making: Learning from Oregon's Experience," co-author with Thomas D. Armstrong, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 51(4)(1996): 285-287. View Publication  

"Zarzdzanie Uóytkowaniem Ziemi W Celu Ochrony Ðrodowiska W Strefach Podmiejskich (Land Use Management for Protecting the Suburban Environment: The Lessons of the U.S. Experience for Poland)," in Gospodarka Samorzdów Terytorialnych W Ðwietle DoÑwiadcze½ Ameryka½skich, L. M. Salamon et al. eds., Lodz, Poland: Fundacaja Promocji Czystych Technologii, 1995, pp. 120-138. 

"Statutory Takings Legislation: The National Context, the Wisconsin and Minnesota Proposals," co-author with Brian W. Ohm, Wisconsin Environmental Law Journal 2(2)(1995): 173-223. View Publication 

"The Anti-Environmental, 'Wise Use' Movement in America," Land Use Law and Zoning Digest 47(2)(1995): 3-8. 

"Planning the Use of Land for the 21st Century," in Classic Readings in Urban Planning: An Introduction, J. M. Stein, ed.  New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1995, pp. 158-164. 

"Ethics in Environmental Planning Practice: The Case of Agricultural Land Protection," in Planning Ethics: A Reader in Planning Theory, Practice and Education, S. Hendler, ed.  New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1995, pp. 154-173. 

"Contemporary Environmental Philosophy and Its Challenge to Planning Theory," in Planning Ethics: A Reader in Planning Theory, Practice and Education, S. Hendler, ed.  New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1995, pp. 83-103. View Publication 

"I Programmi di Trasferimento dei Diritti Volumetrici nell'Esperienza Statunitense (Transferable Development Rights Programs in the American Experience)", in Tra Citta E Campagna: Periurbanizzaziione e Politiche Territoriali, F. Boscacci and R. Camagni, eds.  Milan, Italy: Fondazione Cariplo per la Ricerca Scientifica, 1994, 307-327. 

"Public Education for Growth Management: Lessons from Wisconsin's Farmland Preservation Program," co-author with Sara E. Johnson, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 49(4)(1994): 333-338. View Publication 

"The Impact of Land Value and Real Property Taxation on the Timing of Central City Redevelopment in New Zealand," co-author with Susan L. Roakes and Richard Barrows, Journal of Planning Education and Research 13(3)(1994): 174-184. 

"Ties that Bind: Native American Beliefs as a Foundation for Environmental Consciousness," co-author with Annie L. Booth, in Environmental Ethics: Divergence and Convergence, S. Armstrong and R. Botzler, eds.  New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1993, pp. 519-526.  [partial reprint of 1990 article noted below] 

"A Public Planning Perspective on Strategic Planning," co-author with Jerome L. Kaufman in Strategic Planning for Local Government: A Handbook for Officials and Citizens, R. L. Kemp, ed.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., 1993, pp. 9-28. [reprint of 1987 article noted below] 

The Changing Nature of Settlement Policy in the U.S.: A Theoretical and Case Study Review," in The Greening of Rural Policy: Perspectives from the Developed World.  S. Harper, ed.  London, U.K.: Belhaven Press, 1993, pp. 135-150. 

"Wetland Protection as Land Use Planning: The Impact of Section 404 in Wisconsin," co-author with Catherine R. Owen, Environmental Management 16(3)(1992): 345-353. 

"Planning the Use of Land for the 21st Century," Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 47(1)(1992): 32-34. 

"Local and Regional Land Conservation Organizations: An Emerging Actor in Outdoor Recreation," co-author with Pamela E. Foti, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 9(1)(1991): 31-42. 

"Land Resource Policy and Planning in Wisconsin: An Interpretive History," co-author with Harold C. Jordahl, Jr. and John C. Roberts, in Future Issues Facing Wisconsin's Land Resources, S. M. Born, D. A. Harkin, H. M. Jacobs, and J. C. Roberts, eds. (IES Report 138).  Madison, WI: Institute for Environmental Studies and University of Wisconsin-Extension, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 1990, pp 9-25. 

"Ties that Bind: Native American Beliefs as a Foundation for Environmental Consciousness," co-author with Annie L. Booth, Environmental Ethics 12(1)(1990): 27-43. 

"Private Public-Interest Land Use Planning: Land Trusts in the Upper Mid-West," co-author with Pamela E. Foti, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 44(4)(1989): 317-319. View Publication 

"Land Use Impacts of Private Sewage Systems in Wisconsin," co-author with Mark E. Hanson, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 44(2)(1989): 149-152. 

"Private Sewage Systems in Wisconsin: Implications for Planning and Policy," co-author with Mark E. Hanson, Journal of the American Planning Association 55(2)(1989): 169-180. View Publication 

"Debates in Rural Land Planning Policy: A Twentieth Century History from New York State," Journal of Rural Studies 5(2)(1989): 137-148. 

"Implementing Local Multipurpose Land Information Systems: Political-Economic Research Issues," Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 13(1)(1989): 3-13. 

"Localism and Land Use Planning," Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 6(1)(1989): 1-17. View Publication 

"Social Equity in Agricultural Land Protection," Landscape and Urban Planning 17(1)(1989): 21-33. 

"A Public Planning Perspective on Strategic Planning," co-author with Jerome L. Kaufman, Journal of the American Planning Association 53(1)(1987): 23-33. View Publication 

"Constructing a National, Rural Land Transfer Data Base,"  co-author with D. David Moyer, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 41(4)(1986): 231-234. 

"A Mascot for the Profession," Planning 50(12)(1984): 18. 

"Sustained Land Productivity: Equity Consequences of Alternative Technologies," co-author with Charles C. Geisler, J. Tadlock Cowan and Michael R. Hattery in The Social Consequences and Challenges of New Agricultural Technologies, G. M. Berardi and C. C. Geisler, eds., Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1984, pp. 213‑236. 

"The Improbability of Urban Policy: The Case of the United States," co-author with William W. Goldsmith, Journal of the American Planning Association 48(1)(1982): 53‑66. View Publication 

The Community Land Trust Handbook, Emmaus, PA.: Rodale Press, 1982. [Co-author with an eight member team, under the sponsorship/corporate authorship of the Institute for Community Economics.] 

The Taking of Europe? Globalization of an American Ideal

Private property is a foundational social institution for democratic and market-based societies. In the 18th century the framers of American democracy argued that it was specifically the ability to hold and control private property – land – that provided the conditions for political liberty. Because of the recognition of the special role of private property, provisions were put into the U.S. Constitution Bill of Rights for property’s protection against the arbitrariness of governmental action. During this period of history Adam Smith penned the foundational document of capitalist theory. It recognized that the secure right to hold and control land was key to a market economy. 

This present period of history is one in which property is again dominant on the world stage. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the western countries have been actively promoting democracy and capitalism throughout the second and third worlds. At the same time, property in the developed world is a subject of renewed attention. With the rise of the modern environmental movement over the last 30 years, there has been a systematic assault on the integrity of private property. Within the last decade, a counter movement has arisen throughout the developed world to assert the necessary primacy of private property – in all democratic and market-based societies, developing and developed – and thus to dampen the effect of governmental-based regulatory environmental action. They have had surprising success in the U.S. at state level, and are a significant component of debates for regulatory reform in most western democratic developed countries.

This project addresses the social and legal transformation of private property in western Europe, a place where the subject has received limited attention to date.

Through theoretical, legal, historical, institutional and case study research a set of questions are examined. These include: is a transition in the institution of private property taking place? If so, how aware are Europeans of the concerns and criticisms about the U.S. model of private property? To what extent does it appear that Europe will learn from the United States’s lessons with the management of private property?

The research had been supported by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the University of Wisconsin Center for European Studies, and the University of Wisconsin Center for German and European Studies and a spring 2006 individual residency from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio (Italy) Study Center. A working paper based on the research is available from the Lincoln Institute. Current plans are for the submittal of a revised manuscript (following additional research) for publication as a book in 2008.

Graduate Student Exchange in Land Use and Environmental Management

Together with Profs. Caitilyn Allen (Plant Pathology) and Don Waller (Botany), I am co-director of a multi-year exchange opportunity for graduate students across campus in the areas of land use, conservation biology, and environmental management. The exchange is funded by the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation for French-American Academic Partnerships, and the U.S. National Science Foundation, and is managed under the sponsorship of the UW Dean of International Studies. The exchange opportunity provides for 5 +/- students per year to go to France in the spring semester to take classes or undertake research (and a similar number of French students to come to UW). To date, the primary partner institution in France is AGRO-M, one of “ecole supérieure” for agriculture, located in Montpellier in the south of France. The exchange began in spring 2006 and will continue at least through the 2008-2009 academic year.

European Innovations in Urban and Environmental Management: A Seminar Series

Under seed funds from the University of Wisconsin Center for European Studies I will be organizing and coordinating a multi-year seminar series on European innovations in urban and environmental management. Europe is in a period of tremendous change with regard to urban and environmental management. The long-standing paradigm of command and control, which provided a strong role for the central state, has been challenged both theoretically and practically. Theorists and practitioners across the political spectrum are actively exploring alternatives – some of which provide stronger roles for markets mechanisms (such as through tradeable discharge permits to manage air and water pollution, or transferable development rights to manage urban growth), some of which look to non-governmental organizations to undertake roles traditionally reserved to governments (such as the management of public spaces like parks). At the same time, the European Union is articulating an integrated spatial framework for urban growth and environmental management. This series will examine the specific innovations being explored within individual countries and across Europe. Invited speakers will be scholars, professionals and activists engaged in the promotion and assessment of these innovations, individuals who study and care about the physical and social qualities of urban and environmental spaces. One of the goals for the series is to create a dialogue about the lessons to be learned from Europe for the engagement of similar problems in the U.S.

URPL 668: Green Politics -Global Experience, American Prospects

This seminar course examines the theory and practice of Green Politics in several ways. One focus is the experience of the formal Green Parties in western Europe. Here the Green political movement has been most fully developed, and in the 1980s and 1990s was globally recognized for their electoral and media successes in engaging a broad range of environmental issues. A second focus concentrates on a review and assessment of aspects of western European approaches to land and environmental policy, focusing, for example, on the management (containment) of urban sprawl, by examining both country and cross-European strategies. The overall purpose of the seminar is to draw lessons for the engagement of similar issues in the U.S. 

3 credits; Spring Semester

URPL 741: Introduction to Planning

The introductory master’s course to the profession and practice of urban and regional planning, with a focus on U.S. planning. The roles and styles of planners and their relationships to the political process, citizens and private sector clients is one theme of the class. The institutional and governmental contexts in which planners work and issues planners deal with in practice are examined – with an emphasis on the practice of planning at the local government level. An examination of the history of planning and a consideration of more recent ideas, movements and trends that shape contemporary planning practice. Faculty lectures and class discussions are supplemented with guest speakers from the URPL and UW faculty and professionals and activists from the community.

3 credits; Fall Semester

URPL/ENVIR ST 843: Land Use Policy and Planning

Analysis and evaluation of alternative public policy methods for managing private land markets (techniques for public land management are not included in the course).  Students acquire a strong working familiarity with the various methods available. Land policy techniques are examined relative to their institutional structure, social and economic costs, benefits, and political feasibility.  The entire examination is framed within the context of the enigmatic nature of land and private property and the reasons for social conflict over them, including the rise of the contemporary, private property rights movement. 

 3 Credits; Fall Semester