33 Critical Soc. Pol'y 3 (2013)

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Introduction: Neoliberal housing
policy   -  time   for  a  critical

University of Leeds, UK
Birkbeck, University of London, UK
The Open University, UK

This paper introduces the  themed  section of Critical Social Policy on
social housing, privatization and neoliberalism. In tracing the key ele-
ments in the development of privatization and residualization since 1979,
it argues that these can only be fully understood as part of a wider neo-
liberalizing agenda, an agenda that is driven by a particular class project.
The paper also seeks to re-assert the importance of a critical approach to
successive decades of social housing policies in the devolved UK, arguing
that the classed basis of housing privatization policies has been largely
overlooked by academics  in favour of an evolutionary and 'modernizing'
framework  which isolates developments in social housing provision from
other wider shifts in social welfare and in labour markets. Understanding
such processes, it is claimed, is a necessary step in the development of a
more  socially just and sustainable form of housing provision.

Corresponding author:
Stuart Hodkinson, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, England.
Email: s.n.hodkinson@leeds.ac.uk
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DOI: 10.1177/0261018312457862 csp.sagepub.com
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