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Social housing in Europe

Scanlon, Kathleen ORCID: 0000-0001-9957-4853, Fernández Arrigoitia, Melissa and Whitehead, Christine M E (2015) Social housing in Europe. European Policy Analysis (17). pp. 1-12.

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Social housing has been an important part in Europe’s housing provision for many decades both in terms of investment in new build and regeneration but also in providing adequate affordable housing for a wide range of European citizens. This role has been seen to be under threat especially since the 1980s as public expenditure pressures have grown, liberalisation and privatisation have become more important and alternative tenures have become more readily available.1 This paper draws out some of the most important trends in the scale of social housing in countries across Europe; clarifies who lives in the sector and under what terms and conditions, and then discusses some of the drivers behind these trends and implications for the future provision of social housing.2 In particular it addresses the extent to which social housing contributes to ensuring that households can access adequate standard accommodation at a price they can afford in different contexts within the European Union. It also looks to the challenges faced by the sector and its role in the future.

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Additional Information: ©2015 Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies
Divisions: Economics
Spatial Economics Research Centre
LSE London
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 10:40
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 15:15

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