'Community empowerment' in the context of the Glasgow housing stock transfer

Lawson, L. and Kearns, A. (2010) 'Community empowerment' in the context of the Glasgow housing stock transfer. Urban Studies, 47(7), pp. 1459-1478. (doi:10.1177/0042098009353619)

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Abstract

A key objective of the Glasgow housing stock transfer in 2003 was promoting community empowerment, community control and community ownership. The first-stage transfer was from Glasgow City Council to Glasgow Housing Association and it was assumed by many that transfer to local housing organisations (LHOs)—thus promoting community ownership—would follow. This paper assesses the nature of community empowerment in LHO management committees and is part of a wider programme of research on governance, participation and empowerment. The study found that, despite its construction and aims, stock transfer policy is not able to deliver a uniform policy outcome in terms of community empowerment. No unitary relationship between community empowerment and community ownership was observed: it is suggested that the opportunity and capability to make choices about preferred management/ ownership arrangements is more empowering than ownership per se.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kearns, Professor Ade and Lawson, Ms Louise
Authors: Lawson, L., and Kearns, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Urban Studies
ISSN:0042-0980
ISSN (Online):1360-063X
Published Online:13 January 2010

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