From Public Housing To The Social Market

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Overview

Jim Kemeny develops a conceptual framework to present a critical study of comparative rental markets. The framework centres around the concept of the process of maturation of cost rental housing and two policies for handling this which have been adopted by industrial societies. These are, firstly, the Anglo-Saxon "dualist" system, seen in Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, and secondly, the Germanic "unitary market" system, seen in Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Using a comparative approach based around international case studies, Jim Kemeny shows how each system stems from different power structures, is governed by different policy strategies, and is informed by different ideological views of how markets operate. Offering a radical critique of the orthodox view, it is argued that the time is now right for English-speaking nations to abandon state control over cost renting but allow to it to compete directly with profit renting, as in the "unitary market" model. International in scope, this volume should be of interest to researchers in housing, sociology and related fields.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415083652
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/10/1994
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 3
1 Profit markets and social markets 6
2 The Romeo error in comparative renting 21
3 Policy constructivism and the concept of maturation 37
4 Reconceptualising rental systems 49
5 Power, ideology and rental market policy structuring 61
6 Case studies in the maturation process 77
7 Command policies 99
8 Market policies 114
9 Unitary rental markets: towards a systematisation 131
10 From command economy to the social market 151
11 Wider issues: housing and the welfare state 168
Summary and conclusions 176
Glossary of concepts 181
Notes 183
References 186
Index 191
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