The right to buy and the desire to own

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 ...

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847422132
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • 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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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements xii

1 Introduction 1

2 Owning and using things 15

3 What Mrs Thatcher did 47

4 What happened next? 63

5 What is wrong with it? 85

6 What does it tell us? 103

7 Conclusions 113

Bibliography 117

Index 121

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