The Reform of Housing in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
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The rapid political changes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union have had repercussions for many elements of the socialist system. Housing provision, always an important part of the socialist agenda, has undergone extensive changes. These have solved some problems but given rise to others. The studies in The Reform of Housing in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union highlight the various aspects of housing reform, including such issues as rehabilitation, private initiatives, housing quality, welfare requirements and home ownership. While in some countries policy-makers have adhered to the older methods of housing provision, in others the number of massive state-run projects has declined in favour of smaller privately-funded enterprises. The latest changes reflect the socio-economic restructuring of the countries in general and thus housing can be seen as a spearhead for reforms throughout the system. The contributors are active researchers in the former Eastern Bloc who analyse the latest reforms and academics from Western Europe who supply a context of broader housing issues. They analyse the external factors that have influenced the reforms and assess the outlook for the future.
`... the book is a welcome addition to the meagre coverage of housing in eastern European countries. Its wide coverage of countries is a strong point with many existing gaps being filled. ... should provide useful teaching material and should be a part of any researcher's library who has an interest in this part of the world. - Urban Studies
`I recommend this rare collection of reference materials to all people interested in the market oriented transformation of housing in the countries of the ex-socialist block.' - Environment and Planning A
`... provides a comprehensive analysis of the rapid unfolding of housing policy which accompanied political change across Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union ... provides an unusually critical perspective by Eastern European housing analysts of command economy.' - Town Planning Review
`...this volume will provide essential reading for the student and specialist and indispensable for library references. - Geografiska Annaler