11. Developments in the Role of Social Housing in Europe

  1. Colin Jones2,
  2. Michael White3 and
  3. Neil Dunse2
  1. Christine M E Whitehead

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118280829.ch11

Challenges of the Housing Economy: An International Perspective

Challenges of the Housing Economy: An International Perspective

How to Cite

Whitehead, C. M. E. (2012) Developments in the Role of Social Housing in Europe, in Challenges of the Housing Economy: An International Perspective (eds C. Jones, M. White and N. Dunse), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118280829.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Institute for Housing, Urban and Real Estate Research, Heriot-Watt University, UK

  2. 3

    School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 4 APR 2012

Book Series:

  1. Real Estate Issues

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470672334

Online ISBN: 9781118280829

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Keywords:

  • Social Housing;
  • Welfare State;
  • Slum Clearance;
  • Privatisation;
  • Subsidies;
  • Housing Management;
  • Europe

Summary

One of the most important challenges in terms of future housing provision is the role of social housing in a more market environment. Many European countries have invested in large social sectors aimed at accommodating lower-income employed households and ensuring adequate housing for those outside the labour market. The models by which social housing has been developed vary considerably and the policy emphasis also changes over time particularly as the overall housing situation has improved. This chapter looks at the development of social housing especially since the 1970s when finance and housing markets started to be deregulated. It provides background to the politics and economics of social housing. The chapter identifies major trends and their potential impact on social housing. It looks at some of the important outcomes of change. On the basis of these trends and outcomes the chapter draws out some future developments and their implications.