Mapping the ontology of housing politics

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One of the dominant trends in housing policy over the last 30 years has been the politicization of social housing through a variety of explicit and tacit control mechanisms, ranging from national to local scale and stakeholders, which is creating an increasingly complex context for effective investments and decision-making within the social housing sector. Perhaps the first step towards addressing these emergent challenges is to recognise and describe the complexity of these political characteristics. In response, the authors have produced a contemporary ontology of the structure of social housing within the UK; mapping the political relationships between the range of legal structures, organisational governance, internal / external scrutiny, public / private funding and the use of assets; to construct a theoretical framework from contemporary practice. This is based on a mix of practitioner reflection, data mining open and closed organisational resources, with verification within professional networks. The resultant practice-based theory describes the trajectory of change within social housing organisations, the political aspects of their structures, and is presented as the basis for future housing policy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2018
EventHousing Studies Association Annual Conference 2018 - Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Apr 201813 Apr 2018


ConferenceHousing Studies Association Annual Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleHSA 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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