Originally published in 1988, this book offers the first comprehensive and critical analysis of the privatisation of public housing in Britain. It outlines the historical background to the growth of public housing and the developing political debatea surrounding its disposal. The main emphasis in the book, however, is on the ways in which privatisation in housing links to other key changes in British society. The long trend for British social housing to become a welfare housing sector is related to evidence of growing social polarisation and segregation. Within this overall context, the book explores the uneven spatial and social consequences of the policy.
1. Introduction: Privatisation and Housing 2. Council Housing - Historical Roots and Contemporary Issues 3. The Political Debate 4. Welfare Housing for Marginal Groups? 5. Financial and Electoral Aspects of Housing Privatisation 6. The Spatial and Social Pattern of Council House Sales 7. The Polarised City 8. Contextualising the Sale of Council Housing 9. Radical Centralism and Local Resistance 10. Rights to Buy and Beyond 11. Selling Whose Welfare? - Polarisation and Privatisation