1st Edition

Hovels to High Rise
State Housing in Europe Since 1850

ISBN 9780367684631
Published March 24, 2021 by Routledge
460 Pages

USD $150.00

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Book Description

Originally published in 1993, this book traces how governments in France, Germany, Britain, Denmark and Ireland became involved in replacing industrial revolution urban slums with mass high-rise, high-density concrete estates. As the book considers each country’s housing history and traditions, and analyses the contrasting structures and systems, it finds convergence of problems in the growing tensions of their most disadvantaged communities. The book underlines the continuing drift towards deeper polarization, an issue which has become ever more important in the multi-lingual, ethnically diverse urban societies of the 21st Century. The book’s detailed coverage of the historical, political and social changes relating to housing within the various countries make it an important text for students and practitioners concerned with housing, urban affairs, social policy and administration.

Table of Contents

Part 1: France 1. Background 2. Early Housing Developments 3. After the Second World War 4. Social Landlords 5. Private Housing 6. Difficult-to-manage Estates 7. Current Issues and Conclusions Part 2: Germany 8. Background 9. The Development of German Housing from the Industrial Revolution to the Second World War 10. Post-War Housing 11. Housing in the 1970s and 1980s 12. The Neue Heimat Crisis 13. Changes in the 1980s 14. Housing Change in East Germany 15. Summary of the Current German Housing Pattern, and Conclusions Part 3: Britain 16. Background 17. Early Housing Developments 18. After the First World War 19. After the Second World War 20. Council Landlords 21. Decline in Private Renting – Rise in Owner-Occupation 22. Legislative Changes of the Thatcher Years 23. A Changing Public Role 24. Conclusions Part 4: Denmark 25. Background 26. Development of Social Housing 27. After the Second World War 28. Private House-Building 29. Social Housing Organisation and Tenants’ Democracy 30. Conditions in the 1980s 31. The Rescue of Mass Housing Areas 32. Post-War Housing Achievements Part 5: Ireland 33. Background 34. The Start of Irish Housing Policy 35. Irish Housing in Limbo – Between the Wars 36. After the Second World War 37. The 1970s 38. Development in the 1980s 39. The Impact of Tenant Purchase Schemes on Local Authority Estates 40. An Overview and Conclusions Part 6: Summary and Conclusions 41. Summary of Five Country Studies 42. Main Findings 43. General Themes 44. Why State-Sponsored Housing Will Survive 45. Conclusions

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Anne Power is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics.


‘Her book is a tour de force. It will be read for many years to come…’ David Donnison, Professor Emeritus Centre for Housing Research, University of Glasgow