With rapid population growth, a long-term dearth in new housing construction, the emergence of ‘generation rent’ and rising homelessness, the issue of housing in the UK is considered complex, open-ended and intractable.
Using insights from public choice theory, the new institutionalism and social constructionism Housing Politics in the United Kingdom locates the contemporary ‘housing question’ in historically entrenched power relationships involving markets, planning, and territorial electoral politics.
Written to complement the 3rd edition of the author’s bestselling Understanding housing policy (forthcoming, 2017), this book will be essential reading for students of Housing, Social Policy, Social History, Urban Studies, Planning and Political Science.
Brian Lund is Visiting Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has served as Housing Committee Chair of a large metropolitan housing authority and was an Open University Tutor for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of the bestselling text book Understanding housing policy (3rd Edition forthcoming 2017, Policy Press).
Housing and politics;
Urban renewal: Fencing the cities;
Private landlords: ‘Rachman’ or ‘residential property owner’?;
A property-owning democracy?;
Eclipsing council housing;
‘Bending the ‘third arm’: Politicians and housing associations;
Devolution: Where's the difference?;
Conclusion: What next?.
"A valuable addition to literature on the development of housing policy in the UK ,incorporating rich insights from political debates that have shaped policy." Alan Murie, university of Birmingham
"A well-written, insightful and timely book, highlighting the politics involved in shaping the supply and distribution of housing in the United Kingdom." Peter Somerville, University of Lincoln