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The ‘Politics’ of Australian Housing: The Role of Lobbyists and Their Influence in Shaping Policy


Jacobs, K, The Politics' of Australian Housing: The Role of Lobbyists and Their Influence in Shaping Policy, Housing Studies, 30, (5) pp. 694-710. ISSN 0267-3037 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Taylor and Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/02673037.2014.1000833


It is often taken for granted that governments intervene in the housing market to address social need and affordability concerns, but is this conceptualisation sufficient to capture the processes that inform housing policy-making? In this paper, I argue that an appreciation of the roles performed by interest groups and lobbyists is necessary to understand not only how housing policies are determined, but also how they are maintained. The paper begins by setting out the context of Australian housing policy-making and the arrangements currently in place. Drawing upon interviews with influential lobbyists and policy advisors, the main part of the paper considers: the tactics deployed to inform policy-making, recent examples of successful interventions, the tensions between welfare and industry lobbyists and the barriers that undermine reform. The final part considers the wider significance of the lobbying process and its relevance for future research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Lobbying, housing policy, Australia, welfare
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Urban sociology and community studies
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Structure, delivery and resourcing
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:99965
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:23
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2015-04-21
Last Modified:2018-04-06

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