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Investigating the new landscapes of welfare: housing policy, politics and the emerging research agenda


Jacobs, K and Manzi, T, Investigating the new landscapes of welfare: housing policy, politics and the emerging research agenda, Housing, Theory and Society, 31, (2) pp. 213-227. ISSN 1403-6096 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14036096.2013.857716


As debates about housing form an increasingly important arena of political controversy, much has been written about the new fissures that have appeared as governments not only struggle to reduce public expenditure deficits but also attempt to address problems such as affordability and homelessness. It is widely anticipated that new conflicts will be played out in the private rental market as access to homeownership becomes unrealistic and the supply of social housing diminishes. However, what other tensions might surface; that hitherto have not been subject to the critical gaze of housing research? In this paper, we provide some thoughts on the nascent policy issues as well as the ideological schisms that are likely to develop in coming years, offering suggestions as to how the focus of housing policy research might be reoriented towards a "politics" framework to capture and better understand the conflicts that are likely to arise.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and politics
Objective Field:Government and politics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:87589
Year Published:2014 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-11-25
Last Modified:2017-01-10
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