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The politics of public housing reform: local government stock transfer in England

Alonso, Jose and Andrews, Rhys ORCID: 2018. The politics of public housing reform: local government stock transfer in England. International Public Management Journal 21 (3) , pp. 392-412. 10.1080/10967494.2018.1427160

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Drawing on theories of political competition, we explore the extent to which local public housing reform reflects the ideology of local ruling parties and local political preferences. Based on the citizen candidate and median voter perspectives, we hypothesise that left-wing party rule and pro-state preferences are associated with higher levels of government-owned housing. We test these hypotheses by analysing the levels of housing stock held by English local governments during the period 2001-14. Our findings suggest that pro-state preferences matter more than left-wing party rule for the overall extent of public housing provision. By contrast, right-wing party rule is associated with the likelihood that a local government’s housing stock will be transferred out of the public sector, but pro-market preferences do not influence this decision. The implications of the findings are discussed in the conclusion.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1096-7494
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 3 September 2017
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 21:13

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