The right to buy and the desire to own

The right to buy and the desire to own

by Peter King
     
 

The Right to Buy is the most controversial housing policy of the last 30 years, but it is also the most successful. Unlike the many studies that have focused on the costs of the policy and sought to show its negative impact, this book seeks to understand the Right to Buy on its own terms. It explains how the policy links with a coherent ideology based on

Overview

The Right to Buy is the most controversial housing policy of the last 30 years, but it is also the most successful. Unlike the many studies that have focused on the costs of the policy and sought to show its negative impact, this book seeks to understand the Right to Buy on its own terms. It explains how the policy links with a coherent ideology based on self-interest and the care of things close to us - instead of a policy that sought to do things for people, the Right to Buy allowed people to do things for themselves.

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When I showed Mrs Thatcher figures suggesting she should give away all council housing to tenants her instant reply was 'people will not value them unless they pay at least something for them'. These and many more memories of RTB came flooding back as I read King's exceptionally good book. John Blundell, formerly Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs

...invigorates the reader and provides a fresh challenge to many of the assumptionsaround the RTB. Rebecca Edwards in International Planning Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847422132
Publisher:
Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Peter King, Department of Public Policy, De Montfort University

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