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Social Housing in Transition Countries

1st Edition

Edited by József Hegedüs, Martin Lux, Nóra Teller


358 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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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 countries’ 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.


"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."International Journal of Housing Policy

Table of Contents

Section I 1. The Transformation of the Social Housing Sector in Eastern Europe: A Conceptual Framework József Hegedüs Section II: Critical Issues in the Transition Process 2. Housing Privatization and Restitution József Hegedüs 3. Financing Social Housing Wolfgang Amman, József Hegedüs, Martin Lux and Elisabeth Springler 4. Rent Regulation and Housing Allowances Martin Lux and Alexandr Puzanov 5. Social Landlords and Social Housing Management József Hegedüs and Nóra Teller 6. Housing Exclusion of the Roma: Living on the Edge Catalin Berescu, Mina Petrović and Nóra Teller Section III: Country Case Studies 7. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Limits of the Human Rights Approach to Social Housing József Hegedüs, Gorana Stjepanović and Nóra Teller 8. Croatia: The Social Housing Search Delayed by Post-War Reconstruction Gojko Bežovan 9. The Czech Republic: Locked Between Municipal and Social Housing Martin Lux 10. Estonia: Residualization Without Social Tensions? Anneli Kährik and Jüri Kõre 11. Hungary: Ideas and Plans Without Political Will József Hegedüs 12. Poland: Old Problems and New Dilemmas Alina Muzioł-Węcławowicz 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 Petrović 16. Slovakia: On the Way to the Stable Social Housing Concept Marek Hojsík 17. Slovenia: The Social Housing Sector in Search of an Identity Andreja Cirman and Srna Mandič 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

About the Editors

Nóra Teller, a sociologist, has worked on several international projects for the Council of Europe, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the European Commission’s 5th, 6th and 7th Framework research programmes and the European Spatial Planning Observation Network (ESPON).

József Hegedüs 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.

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Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General