Rent regulation: unpacking the debates

Marsh, A., Gibb, K. and Soaita, A. M. (2022) Rent regulation: unpacking the debates. International Journal of Housing Policy, (doi: 10.1080/19491247.2022.2089079) (Early Online Publication)

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In the context of chronic problems with high housing costs, rent regulation has returned to the forefront of policy debate in several countries. This paper addresses three distinct questions related to rent regulation and the role of evidence. First, what are the drivers of policy change on rent regulation and what role does evidence play in shaping change? Second, what is the nature of the evidence base on rent regulation and the key messages that emerge from it? Third, how is this evidence base transmitted into policy debate? We take the example of the recent UK policy debate to examine this issue. The paper discusses the case of current policy development in Scotland to reflect upon policy drivers and the role of evidence. The paper combines insights from a recent evidence review and a decade-long policy ethnography. Not only does research indicate that evidence has played a limited role as a driver for policy change on rent regulation but the nature of the evidence base is such that there are limits on the guidance it can offer and the extent to which policy can in principle be rooted in evidence. The case of Scotland illustrates the forces at play in shaping rent regulation policy.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: This work was supported by Economic and Social Research Council grant number ES/P008852/1.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Soaita, Dr Adriana Mihaela and Gibb, Professor Ken
Authors: Marsh, A., Gibb, K., and Soaita, A. M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Housing Policy
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1473-3269
Published Online:01 August 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author(s)
First Published:First published in International Journal of Housing Policy 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
300119UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE)Kenneth GibbEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/P008852/1S&PS - Urban Studies