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Routledge Library Editions: Housing Policy and Home Ownership


About the Series

Originally published between 1961 and 1994, the volumes in this set sit equally comfortably in sociology and geography as well as housing studies. Even though they were published some years ago, their content continues to offer critical engagement with an evolving policy agenda which is even more important in a time of crisis and deeper polarization both nationally and globally as a result of the pandemic.

They:

  • Provide a comprehensive political-economic analysis of the historical origins and 20th Century experience of 19th and 20th Century housing tenure in the UK, France, Germany, the former USSR, Israel, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Puerto Rico and the USA.
  • Discuss landlord-tenant relations and the neglect of particular disadvantaged groups such as the elderly, the single homeless and those in low income groups
  • Examine the balance between rehabilitation and redevelopment and the rise and fall of the high-rise flat
  • Cover issues such as rent, rent controls, subsidies and urban renewal
  • Look at the implications of selling council houses and evaluate the impact of the growth of home ownership in the UK
  • Address the practical and political difficulties of devising measures which meet policy objectives.

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A Nation of Home Owners

A Nation of Home Owners

1st Edition

By Peter Saunders
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1990, and re-issued in 2020 with an updated Preface, this book shows how the UK has become a nation of home owners, and the effect it has had on people’s lives, the impact which it has had on British society and the implications for those who have hitherto been excluded. The...

Building by Local Authorities The Report of an Inquiry by the Royal Institute of Public Administration

Building by Local Authorities: The Report of an Inquiry by the Royal Institute of Public Administration

1st Edition

By Elizabeth Layton
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1961, is the report into an investigation of the forms of organization used by local authorities of many varied types, populations and areas for the design and erection of new buildings and the maintenance of existing ones. It discusses the relations between Government ...

Cities, Housing and Profits Flat Break-Up and the Decline of Private Renting

Cities, Housing and Profits: Flat Break-Up and the Decline of Private Renting

1st Edition

By Chris Hamnett, Bill Randolph
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1988, this book documents and explains the emergence of flat ‘break-ups’ – the sale of individual owner occupation of blocks of flats which were previously privately rented and which played a major role in the transformation of the private housing market in London since the ...

Essays on Housing Policy The British Scene

Essays on Housing Policy: The British Scene

1st Edition

By J. B. Cullingworth
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1979, these essays provide a guide to the labyrinth of issues which together made up ‘housing policy’ in the late 20th Century. The focus is on the practical and political difficulties of devising measures which meet policy objectives – difficulties which are just as ...

Home Ownership Differentiation and Fragmentation

Home Ownership: Differentiation and Fragmentation

1st Edition

By Ray Forrest, Alan Murie, Peter Williams
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1990 and drawing on extensive research, this book provides an evaluation of the impact of the growth of home ownership in the UK, and of the claims and counter-claims made for its social significance. The book examines critically the evidence for and against the proposition ...

Housing Policy in Britain A History

Housing Policy in Britain: A History

1st Edition

By A. E. Holmans
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1987, this book provides a comprehensive history of housing policy in Britain from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the 1970s. For every period the author gives a detailed account of the housing situation in which policies operated, the policies pursued ...

Housing Policy in the Developed Economy The United Kingdom, Sweden and The United States

Housing Policy in the Developed Economy: The United Kingdom, Sweden and The United States

1st Edition

By Bruce Headey
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1978, this book analyses three main approaches to national housing policy in the 20th Century in Sweden, the UK and USA. It reviews policy developments and considers the impact of policy on the housing conditions and costs of different sections of the community. A major ...

Housing and Local Government In England and Wales

Housing and Local Government: In England and Wales

1st Edition

By J. B. Cullingworth
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1966 and written at a time when UK housing policy was undergoing major changes, this volume provides a substantial historical introduction which outlines the development of housing policy in the UK from the mid 19th – mid 20th Centuries. Discussion of the administrative ...

Housing and Urban Renewal Residential Decay and Revitalization in the Private Sector

Housing and Urban Renewal: Residential Decay and Revitalization in the Private Sector

1st Edition

By Andrew D. Thomas
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1986, this book provides an authoritative summary of late 20th Century trends which affected housing stock and a comprehensive commentary on policies which were designed to improve housing stock. The policies referred to are specific to England and Wales but the experience ...

Hovels to High Rise State Housing in Europe Since 1850

Hovels to High Rise: State Housing in Europe Since 1850

1st Edition

By Anne Power
March 24, 2021

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...

Owner-Occupation in Britain

Owner-Occupation in Britain

1st Edition

By Stephen Merrett
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1982, this is a companion volume to State Housing in Britain. Together the 2 volumes cover the tenure of some 85% of all British households in much of the 20th Century. The development of the tenure between 1918 and 1970 with special reference to its position in state ...

Private Rented Housing in the United States and Europe

Private Rented Housing in the United States and Europe

1st Edition

By Michael Harloe
March 24, 2021

Originally published in 1985, this book analyses the development of private rented housing in Britain, France, the former West Germany, the Netherlands and the USA. The book shows that the changing fortunes of the private rented sector are seen in some measure to be connected with the social, ...

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