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Harvey M. Jacobs

Professor
Urban and Regional Planning
Degrees/Academics
Ph.D. Cornell University
Research Interests
property rights
land use
international development
Office
201 Music Hall
Office Hours
By appointment

Harvey M. Jacobs holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture (Urban and Regional Planning Program) and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Prof. Jacobs’ academic specialty is the social and legal aspects of land policy, with a particular focus on property rights. Prof. Jacobs has been at UW-Madison since 1984; he has served as Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (1995-1998), director of the University’s Land Tenure Center (1999-2002), and Chair of the Environment and Resources graduate program of the Nelson Institute (2015-2017). For the 2015-2016 academic year he was a Vilas Life Cycle Professor.

Prof. Jacobs received his graduate planning degrees from Cornell University (MRP 1981, Ph.D., 1984). Throughout his career Prof. Jacobs has won awards and recognition for his research and teaching including 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) the University of Wisconsin Teaching Academy (1994), the Fulbright Scholar Program (2003, 2005 and 2015), The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy (2005), The Rockefeller Foundation (2006), and the Government of France; in 2008 Prof. Jacobs was honored with the receipt of an L’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, rank Chevalier (Knight). In recognition of his overall body of work, Prof. Jacobs was selected to be included in the 64th (2010) edition of Who’s Who in America and selected to receive a 2017 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who’s Who.

In 2011-2012 Prof. Jacobs served as an invited Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Bielefeld, Germany. Also in 2011 Prof. Jacobs served as the John Bousfield Distinguished Visitor in Planning at the University of Toronto. For the seven year period 2012-2019 Prof. Jacobs serves as a Visiting Professor at the Institute for Management Research (Department of Geography, Planning and Environment) at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. For the period 2014-2019 he has been certified as a Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Council for International Exchange of Scholars. In addition, since 2014 he has served as a Faculty from Abroad in the Master of Public Policy Program at the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, India, and since 2015 as a lecturer in Urban Land Governance at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In 2017 he was designated a Visiting Academic Scholar with the Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme PLANET Europe, a cooperative program among Radboud University Nijmegen,The Netherlands; Cardiff University, UK; and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden.

Prof. Jacobs has been invited to give lectures on his research and consult on aspects of his work in countries around the world, including in western Europe (France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain), central Europe (Albania and Poland), Africa (Kenya, South Africa, Tunisia, Zimbabwe), Asia (China, Taiwan, and India), the Caribbean (Trinidad), and throughout North America (the U.S. and Canada); he has also delivered keynote addresses to international conferences and workshops in Tunisia, Canada, Germany and India.

Prof. Jacobs is the editor of Private Property in the 21st Century: The Future of an American Ideal (Edward Elgar, 2004) and Who Owns America? Social Conflict Over Property Rights (University of Wisconsin Press, 1998), and the author or co-author of over 100 professional articles and essays, of which over 40 focus specifically on the social and legal aspects of property rights.

Most generally, Prof. Jacobs focuses on how societies define property, and the policy structures they develop to manage the relationship between private and public rights in property.

“A U.S. Perspective on Obligations to Build: Planning Professionals Would Be Shocked,” in Instruments in Land Policy: Dealing with Scarcity in Land, J-D Gerber et al., eds., Routledge, 2018: 193-195, forthcoming.

“18th Century Property Rights for 21st Century Environmental Conditions?” in Property Rights and Climate Change: Land-Use Under Changing Environmental Conditions, F. van der Straalen et al., eds. Routledge, 2017: forthcoming.

“Legitimate Land Use Planning, Policy, and Regulation,” Planning, 83, 11, December 2017: pp. 39-40.  View Publication.

“Confined Animal Feeding Operations and State-based Right to Farm Laws: Managing Twenty-first Century Agriculture with a Twentieth Century Framework in the case of Wisconsin, United States” second author with Amy A. Schultz, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 72, 6, 2017: 133A-138A.  View Publication.

“Property in India: Global Perspectives, National Issues,” Sony Pellissery and Harvey M. Jacobs, in Sony Pellissery, Benjamin Davy, and Harvey M. Jacobs, eds. Land Policies in India: Promises, Practices and Challenges. Singapore: Springer Science+Business, 2017, pp. 207-227.  View Publication.

Sony Pellissery, Benjamin Davy, and Harvey M. Jacobs, eds. Land Policies in India: Promises, Practices and Challenges. Singapore: Springer – India Studies in Science and Business, 2017. 

“Responsible Localism, Reactionary Localism: Lessons on Land Use Controls and Sustainability from the Global South for the Global North,” second author with James S. Krueger, The Public Sector / Der öffentliche Sektor 42, 1, 2016: 121-129.  View Publication.

“Private Property in Historical and Global Context and Its Lessons for Planning,” in Public Interests, Private Rights: Law and Planning Policy in Canada, A. Smit and M. Valiante, eds. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press, 2016, pp. 37-58.  View Publication.

“What Kind of Property? Landownership for the Urban Century,” invited blog post to the site of the Urbanizaton and Global Environmental Change Project [https://ugecviewpoints.wordpress.com/]; posted 02 July 2015.  View Publication.

“The Challenge of a Private Property Rights (NGO) Approach to Land Conservation,” in Ressources Agricoles et Forestieres: Droits de Propriété, Économie et Environnement, M. Falque and H. Lamotte, eds., Bruylant, Brussels, 2014, pp. 429-436.  View Publication.

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.] 

Whither Private Property? What Social and Legal Contestation in the U.S. and Europe Means for the Future of a Foundational Democratic and Market Institution, Our Cities, and Our Environment

Central to the American and French Revolutions was the idea that private property was essential for ordinary persons to have political freedom and for a market economy to become viable. Yet private property as invented evolved in response to changes in technology and social values. The beginning of the twentieth century saw the introduction of significant public interventions via land use controls. The rise of the modern environmental movement in the mid twentieth century suggested further evolution away from private property.

Parallel to the environmental movement a counter movement emerged arguing that the social revision of private property had swung too far. In the U.S. this involved substantial activities at all levels of government. In Europe an analogous set of activities began to emerge in the early 2000s. There are similarities and differences in how the issue is currently evolving; within Europe the populist turn in European politics has refocused attention on private property.

The project focuses on preparation of a book-length manuscript examining multiple aspects of this issue. It builds on prior published work, and as-yet unpublished research. It will assess and project how such contestation is likely to shape real conditions of urban and environmental sustainability.

The project builds on research that has been supported by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the University of Wisconsin Center for European Studies, the University of Wisconsin Center for German and European Studies, the University of Wisconsin Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute, an individual residency from the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio (Italy) Study Center, and two periods of sabbatical research.

Graduate Student Exchange in Land Use and Environmental Management

Together with Profs. Caitilyn Allen (Plant Pathology) and Don Waller (Botany), I co-direct a multi-year exchange opportunity for graduate students across campus in the areas of land use, conservation biology, and environmental management. The exchange has been 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 Sup-AgroGRO, an “ecole supérieure” for agriculture, located in Montpellier in the south of France. The exchange began in spring 2006 and continues, though now with funding to assist in student travel or with stipends.

European Innovations in Urban and Environmental Management: A Seminar Series

Under seed funds from the University of Wisconsin Center for European Studies I organized and coordinated 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 examined the specific innovations being explored within individual countries and across Europe. Invited speakers included scholars, professionals and activists engaged in the promotion and assessment of these innovations

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; Fall or 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 most of whom are URPL alumni.

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