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The Politics of Social Housing in Britain

Jamileh Manoochehri

This book investigates the relationship between the dominant ideologies of British public life in the second half of the twentieth century and the quality of the social housing built during this period. The author compares award-winning housing projects from the 1960s and the 1980s, projects that represent two major milestones in the development of state-provided housing in Britain. Her detailed analysis looks beyond the superficial appearance of housing policy in these two contrasting periods and provides fascinating insights into the substance of the changes that took place. The book examines the influence of universalist and selectivist approaches to social housing and asks important questions about the connection between social values and government policy.


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1 with the Parker Morris Report recommendations, and Holly Street, Phase I, built in the early 1990s after the Parker Morris standards were no longer obligatory, under a new regime whereby private developers had a major stakeholder in the project. With the most fundamental social policy changes sweeping the coun- try, some of which are ideologically linked and driven, this book is a timely reminder of previous experiences and their long-lasting impact. It also tries to present an objective view of how the lessons of the past can be usefully applied to the very dif ficult socio-economic challenges facing us.

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