Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System
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Susan M. Hoffmann - Author Mark K. Cassell - Author
Price: $75.00 Hardcover - 197 pages
Release Date: October 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3341-7 ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3341-7
Price: $26.95 Paperback - 197 pages
Release Date: October 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-3342-5 ISBN13: 978-1-4384-3342-4
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Studies how the Federal Home Loan Bank System has changed over time and why.
During the current recession, one of the worst in United States history, the federal government undertook a series of sweeping changes related to the home mortgage foreclosure crisis. These changes, in particular to the Federal Home Loan Bank System, have many implications. Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System draws attention to this arcane but growing public-private organizational network, focusing on expansion of its mission since its origin in 1932 and arguing that it did not contribute to the current foreclosure crisis. This timely book offers an intriguing analysis of a growing, relevant institution for those involved in public administration and public policy.
“Hoffmann and Cassell provide a comprehensive study of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, a little known but quite important wholesale bank that serves (and is owned by) most of the banks and thrifts in the U.S. That the FHLBS is a government-sponsored enterprise—a GSE, like the better known Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—makes this study all the more relevant to today’s financial policy debate.” — Lawrence J. White, Stern School of Business, NYU
Susan M. Hoffmann is Professor of Political Science at Western Michigan University. She is the author of Politics and Banking: Ideas, Public Policy, and the Creation of Financial Institutions. Mark K. Cassell is Associate Professor of Political Science at Kent State University. He is the author of How Governments Privatize: The Politics of Divestment in the United States and Germany, which won the International Political Science Association’s Charles H. Levine Awardfor the best book in public policy and administration published in 2002.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables
Growth and Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Banks
Grounded Research and Competing Paradigms in Political Science
Housing Finance Mission
Housing and Community Development Mission
Supporting the Viability of Community Banks
Mission Expansion as a Behavioral Process
Structural Choices Moving Forward: Recommendations for Reform
Federal Home Loan Banks and the Foreclosure Crisis of 2008