1st Edition

Social Housing in Transition Countries

Edited By József Hegedüs, Martin Lux, Nóra Teller Copyright 2013
    374 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    374 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.

    "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