The New Governance of Housing

  • Stuart Lowe


The aim of this chapter is to describe the changing pattern of housing governance in Britain; how housing is owned and managed, how its various elements inter-relate and how these changes relate to wider political developments — because, of course, they are not unique to ‘housing’ but are part of a much larger political project. The default for much of the discussion is the English case but the devolution agenda highlights the significant and arguably growing differences between the constituent nations of the UK. Detailed accounts of the differences in housing governance between these countries is beyond the scope of this chapter. The aim is to provide a broad steer about the direction and pattern of the current position.


Local Authority Social Housing Housing Policy Housing Association Building Society 
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Further Reading

  1. Hutton, W. (1995) The State We’re In, London, Jonathan Cape.Google Scholar
  2. Malpass, P. (2000) Housing Associations and Housing Policy, Basingstoke, Macmillan.Google Scholar
  3. Perry, J. (2000) ‘The end of council housing?’, in S. Wilcox (ed.), Housing Finance Review 1999–2000, York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.Google Scholar
  4. Rhodes, R. A. W. (1997) Understanding Governance: Policy Networks, Governance, Reflexivity and Accountability, Buckingham, Open University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Wilcox, S. (1997) ‘Local housing companies’, in P. Malpass (ed.), Ownership, Control and Accountability: The New Governance of Housing, Coventry, Chartered Institute of Housing.Google Scholar

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