‘The Party’s Over’: Critical Junctures, Crises and the Politics of Housing Policy

Jacobs, K. and Manzi, T. 2017. ‘The Party’s Over’: Critical Junctures, Crises and the Politics of Housing Policy. Housing Studies. 32 (1), pp. 17-34. doi:10.1080/02673037.2016.1171829

Title‘The Party’s Over’: Critical Junctures, Crises and the Politics of Housing Policy
AuthorsJacobs, K. and Manzi, T.
Abstract

The key argument set out in this article is that historical and comparative forms of investigation are necessary if we are to better understand the ambitions and scope of contemporary housing interventions. To demonstrate the veracity of our claim we have set out an analysis of UK housing polices enacted in the mid 1970s as a basis for comparison with those pursued forty years later. The article begins with a critical summary of some of the methodological approaches adopted by researchers used to interpret housing policy. In the main section we present our critical analysis of housing policy reforms (implemented by the Labour government between 1974 and 1979) noting both their achievements and limitations. In the concluding section, we use our interpretation of this period as a basis to judge contemporary housing policy and reflect on the methodological issues that arise from our analysis.

KeywordsHousing policy, historical methods, 1970s.
JournalHousing Studies
Journal citation32 (1), pp. 17-34
ISSN0267-3037 (Print), 1466-1810 (Online)
Year2017
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscriptCrosland Paper final.pdf
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/02673037.2016.1171829
Web address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02673037.2016.1171829
Publication dates
Published in printJan 2017
Published online18 Apr 2016
Published18 Apr 2016

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