Resource: Dream Deregulated: The Politics of U.S. Housing Finance, 1968-1985

By: Robert Bruce Henderson

January 1, 2013

University of Maryland, College Park

This study bridges scholarship on fair housing and community reinvestment with that on the deregulation of housing finance, and contributes to a deeper understanding of the politics of opportunity in the United States during the latter third of the twentieth century. It historicizes the politics of financial deregulation, and, with its focus on the populist politics of deregulation, helps to explain the “construction of consent” to a neoliberal regime. Finally, “Dream Deregulated” demonstrates how a contradictory complex of housing policies contributed to the recent financial crisis.