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Developments in the role of social housing in Europe

Whitehead, Christine M. E. (2012) Developments in the role of social housing in Europe. In: Jones, Colin, White, Michael and Dunse, Neil, (eds.) Challenges of the Housing Economy. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 216-234. ISBN 9780470672334

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Identification Number: 10.1002/9781118280829.ch11


One of the most important challenges in terms of future housing provision is the role of social housing in a more market environment. Many European countries have invested in large social sectors aimed at accommodating lower-income employed households and ensuring adequate housing for those outside the labour market. The models by which social housing has been developed vary considerably and the policy emphasis also changes over time particularly as the overall housing situation has improved. This chapter looks at the development of social housing especially since the 1970s when finance and housing markets started to be deregulated. It provides background to the politics and economics of social housing. The chapter identifies major trends and their potential impact on social housing. It looks at some of the important outcomes of change. On the basis of these trends and outcomes the chapter draws out some future developments and their implications.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Divisions: Economics
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2014 14:51
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:17

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