Localism, devolution and housing policies

MacLennan, D. and O'Sullivan, A. (2013) Localism, devolution and housing policies. Housing Studies, 28(4), pp. 599-615. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2013.760028)

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In this study, we examine the idea of localism in the context of housing policy and as mediated by the experience of devolution in England and Scotland. After considering arguments for adopting localism in principle, we examine the meaning and limitations of the concept when account is taken of the real nature of housing systems. This forms the basis for a consideration of the experience of localism in the context of social housing provision. We conclude that the implementation of localism by UK policy-makers has exhibited shortcomings and the emerging interpretation of localism may lead to policy dumping rather than enhanced real local autonomy.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:MacLennan, Professor Duncan and O'Sullivan, Professor Anthony
Authors: MacLennan, D., and O'Sullivan, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Published Online:25 January 2013

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