First published in 1982 at a time when housing policy featured prominently in the press and in political debate, Housing in Britain was written to provide an authoritative review of housing in Britain.
The book is a comprehensive introduction to the major policy shifts from 1945 to the year of publication. It explores the many aspects of ‘housing’ as a matter of state policy; as a commodity with a certain market for its sale and exchange; as an essential item, with rules regulating access and eligibility; and as a vital element in the reproduction of social life. Particular attention is paid to the institutions involved within the British housing market, and the redistributional consequences of housing-market processes and state housing policy.
Housing in Britain will appeal to those with an interest in the history of British housing policy and debates, and the history of social policy in Britain.
Table of Contents
1: General Remarks; Part 1: Housing and the State; 2: The Road to 1945; 3: The Post-War Years: The Central Government Story; Part 2: The Housing Market; 4: Land Conversion; 5: The Construction of Housing; 6: Owner-Occupation; 7: Local Authority Housing; 8: Private Renting and Minority Tenures; 9: Housing Exchange; 10: Housing Sub-Markets; Part 3: Home Sweet Home; 11: The Housing of Households; List of Abbreviations; Guide to Further Reading; References; Name Index; Subject Index
John R. Short