Long-term developments in housing policy and research

Caroline Dewilde, Marietta Haffner

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This chapter introduces the main concepts and relationships, and analyses
how housing policy and scholarly understandings thereof have fared over the
last two decades. Reflective of the ‘division of work’ in the broader field of
housing studies – with most researchers specializing in policies and regulation
pertaining to one tenure – we discuss substantive developments in research
regarding the different tenures commonly found in European welfare states.
We elaborate on the idea that what happens in one housing market sector
impacts on other sectors. Furthermore, we report on recent research arguing
that trends in housing policy are intricately related to changes in welfare
states, but also to broader economic developments. We illustrate changes in
tenure structure, intersecting with changes in the characteristics of households
typically living in different tenures. Our conclusion addresses key challenges
for policy and research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial policy in changing European societies
Subtitle of host publicationResearch agendas for the 21st century
EditorsKenneth Nelson, Rense Nieuwenhuis, Mara Yerkes
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)978 1 80220 171 0
ISBN (Print)978 1 80220 170 3
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • housing policy
  • housing inequalities
  • social policy
  • tenure restructuring


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