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Privileged or exploited council tenants? The discursive change in Conservative housing policy from 1972 to 1980

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Jacobs, KA and Kemeny, J and Manzi, T, Privileged or exploited council tenants? The discursive change in Conservative housing policy from 1972 to 1980, Policy and Politics, 31, (3) pp. 307-320. ISSN 0305-5736 (2003) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2003, Policy Press. Definitive version available online at https://www.policypress.org.uk/journals/policy_politics/

DOI: doi:10.1332/030557303322034965

Abstract

The process of social construction in which competing and sometimes contradictory definitions contend with one another plays a decisive part in policy making. Justifications for policy intervention often require a narrative identifying villains or victims to delineate creatively a 'social problem' that needs to be addressed by appropriate measures. This article shows how contrasting political and media representations of council tenants in the 1960s and 1970s provided the emotive justifications for two distinct policies: 'Fair Rents' and the 'Right to Buy'. The article concludes that more attention should be paid to the way that the successful mobilisation of bias legitimises policy interventions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Social Policy
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community Service (excl. Work)
Objective Field:Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
Author:Jacobs, KA (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:26655
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2003-08-01
Last Modified:2010-05-14
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