“Leigh advocates governmental economic strategic planning, regional planning, and investment in social infrastructure as ways to increase the size of the middle class . . . Recommended”
—E. P. Hoffman, Choice
“Nancey Green Leigh begins her book Stemming Middle-Class Decline by providing a definition of the middle class, a step necessitated by complications arising from what is understood by the term 'middle class' . . . For Leigh the focus is on the middle economic class rather than the middle social class . . . This is a comprehensive book, well written and easy to read which provides plenty of tables and is full of insights. Those concerned with the issues of the middle-class, issues that are receiving increased attention from politicians and policymakers, should not miss it.”
—Edward Nissan, Growth and Change
“Stemming Middle-Class Decline contributes to the ongoing debate: Is the middle class shrinking? . . . Measuring changes and trends in income inequality is critical for understanding whether our standard of living is improving or eroding. It is also a complex measurement issue. A major contribution of this book is to measure change in the middle class with a different set of data, a fresh definition of middle income, and a distinct time period. Because her analysis is thorough and well presented, Leigh’s book is a significant contribution to the debate, and recommended reading for those interested in national and regional trends in income inequality.”
—Marie Howland, Journal of American Planning Association
“In this book, Nancey Green Leigh probes various dimensions of the decline in persons with middle class earnings over the period 1967-1987. She is interested in the magnitude of the decline, its impact across regions, and the extent to which the decline is explained by industrial restructuring. As the book’s subtitle suggests, she also discusses the extent to which planning can stem the decline she documents . . . I think, that Leigh’s call for greater government involvement is on its strongest ground—to make sure that the accelerating pace of technical change does not simply divide the country into winners and losers and that we can proceed through the current economic transition as a single nation.”
—Frank Levy, Journal of Regional Science
"[A] very useful book."
—Annals, American Academy of Political and Social Science
"Focus[es] on what planners can do to maintain a middle-class quality of life."
—Journal of Architectural and Planning Research