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1st Edition

Social Housing in Transition Countries

ISBN 9781138809567
Published July 3, 2014 by Routledge
374 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume intends to fill the gap in the range of publications about the post-transition social housing policy developments in Central and Eastern Europe by delivering critical evaluations about the past two decades of developments in selected countriesÔÇÖ social housing sectors, and showing what conditions have decisively impacted these processes.

Contributors depict the different paths the countries have taken by reviewing the policy changes, the conditions institutions work within, and the solutions that were selected to answer the housing needs of vulnerable households. They discuss whether the differences among the countries have emerged due to the time lag caused by belated reforms in selected countries, or whether any of the disparities can be attributed to differences inherited from Soviet times. Since some of the countries have recently become member states of the European Union, the volume also explores whether there were any convergence trends in the policy approaches to social housing that can be attributed to the general changes brought about by the EU accession.

Table of Contents

Section I  1. The Transformation of the Social Housing Sector in Eastern Europe: A Conceptual Framework  J├│zsef Heged├╝s  Section II: Critical Issues in the Transition Process  2. Housing Privatization and Restitution  J├│zsef Heged├╝s  3. Financing Social Housing  Wolfgang Amman, J├│zsef Heged├╝s, Martin Lux and Elisabeth Springler  4. Rent Regulation and Housing Allowances  Martin Lux and Alexandr Puzanov  5. Social Landlords and Social Housing Management  J├│zsef Heged├╝s and N├│ra Teller  6. Housing Exclusion of the Roma: Living on the Edge  Catalin Berescu, Mina Petrovi─ç and N├│ra Teller  Section III: Country Case Studies  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Limits of the Human Rights Approach to Social Housing  J├│zsef Heged├╝s, Gorana Stjepanovi─ç and N├│ra Teller  8. Croatia: The Social Housing Search Delayed by Post-War Reconstruction  Gojko Be┼żovan  9. The Czech Republic: Locked Between Municipal and Social Housing  Martin Lux  10. Estonia: Residualization Without Social Tensions?  Anneli K├Ąhrik and J├╝ri K├Áre 11. Hungary: Ideas and Plans Without Political Will  J├│zsef Heged├╝s  12. Poland: Old Problems and New Dilemmas  Alina Muzio┼é-W─Öc┼éawowicz  13. Romania: The National Housing Agency: A Key Stakeholder in Housing Policy  Wolfgang Amann, Ioan Bejan and Alexis Mundt  14. Russia: The Persistence of the Socialist Legacy?  Alexandr Puzanov  15. Serbia: A Patchwork of Local Options  Mina Petrovi─ç  16. Slovakia: On the Way to the Stable Social Housing Concept  Marek Hojs├şk  17. Slovenia: The Social Housing Sector in Search of an Identity  Andreja Cirman and Srna Mandi─Ź  18. The Ukraine: Waiting Lists Without Housing  Irina Zapatrina  Section IV  19. New Social Housing Strategies in Post-Socialist States: Effectiveness, Efficiency and Sustainability  Martin Lux and Petr Sunega

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N├│ra Teller, a sociologist, has worked on several international projects for the Council of Europe, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the European CommissionÔÇÖs 5th, 6th and 7th Framework research programmes and the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON).

J├│zsef Heged├╝s is a founding member of the Metropolitan Research Institute and a part-time associate professor at Corvinus University Budapest.

Martin Lux is head of the Department of Socio-Economics of Housing at the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Prague.


"a very readable account of social housing reforms in 12 countries in transition that will appeal to a wide audience... it provide[s] a detailed and informative overview of country-specific housing reforms and will be of interest to policy-makers and non-government institutions engaged in the policy dialogue in the region. Housing policy, urban studies and social geography scholars and students, to name just a few, could use the book as a supplementary reading in courses on post-socialist transformation. The contributions in this volume retrace an important aspect of housing policy reforms in the context of transition essential for the future of social housing in wider Europe." ÔÇô International Journal of Housing Policy