Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
John J. Pitney, Jr.
© 2012 William M. Mullen
There are currently two proposals for an NFL stadium in the Los Angeles area. This thesis explains these proposals as a case study of an imbalanced political market in which concentrated gainers have an advantage over diffuse losers. Although there is little evidence that the economic benefits of a stadium will exceed the costs -- and much reason to worry that the costs will be large – developers have nonetheless gained considerable support in the political community. The pattern is a familiar one, but the thesis explains special features of this case: the excitement of professional football, the governmental fragmentation of the metropolitan area, and the relative shortage of local investigative journalism.
Mullen, William M., "Stadium Squeeze: The Power and Politics of Housing the NFL in LA" (2012). CMC Senior Theses. 480.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.