Share this
PREVIOUS ARTICLE ALL CONTENTS Next ARTICLE

Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to de Blasio, Thomas J. Main

Reviewed by Daniel Herman

BUY

 

German mathematician Horst Rittel first described wicked problems as “a class of social system problems which are ill-formulated, where the information is confusing, where there are many clients and decision makers with conflicting values, and where the ramifications in the whole system are thoroughly confusing” (quoted in Richard Buchanan, “Wicked Problems in Design Thinking,” Design Issues 8 (Spring 1992): 5–21, at p. 15). Among their defining properties are the lack of a definitive formulation, the presence of multiple explanations, and the fact that every wicked problem is a symptom of another higher-level problem. Contemporary urban homelessness is clearly a wicked problem of the first order that has bedeviled New York City's citizens, government officials, advocates, and social service providers since its reemergence in the late 1970s.

In Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to de Blasio, Thomas J. Main, of Baruch College of the City University of New York, delivers a comprehensive history of the New York's ongoing efforts to address this problem, skillfully illuminating how the complex interplay of political, organizational, legal, and interest group forces have shaped both the policymaking process and the nature of the robust and costly system of shelters and related services that

To continue reading, see options above.

About PSQ's Editor

Demetrios James Caraley

Full Access

Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.

Editor’s spotlight

Primaries and Conventions for 2020

On To the Convention, Again
Caroline Monahan and Robert Y. Shapiro

Will the Outcome be “Democratic”?: Delegate Selection and the 2020 Primaries
Marianna Palumbo and Robert Y. Shapiro

Search the Archives

Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilson

view additional issues

Most read

Articles | Book reviews

Understanding the Bush Doctrine
Robert Jervis

The Study of Administration
Woodrow Wilson

Notes on Roosevelt's "Quarantine" Speech
Dorothy Borg

view all

New APS Book

THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Extending the U.S. Umbrella and Increasing Chances of War   THE PROLIFERATION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS: EXTENDING THE U.S. UMBRELLA AND INCREASING CHANCES OF WAR

CONFERENCES & EVENTS

Big Challenges for the 2020 U.S. Census
November 14, 2019
New York, NY

Members of the Academy of Political Science are invited to attend this timely panel discussion on the 2020 census.

MORE ABOUT THIS EVENT VIEW ALL EVENTS

About US

Academy of Political Science

The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.

Political Science Quarterly

With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.

Stay Connected

newsstand locator
About APS