What have been the defining characteristics, trends and changes of Britain’s post-war public policy? Developments in British Public Policy provides a comprehensive review of all the key public policy sectors in contemporary British Politics today. Each chapter is written by a leading authority on each policy sector, and includes definitions of key terms, examples and case studies, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading. It will be essential reading for all students of contemporary British public policy and will serve as an ideal companion to Policy-Making in Britain: An Introduction.

Housing Policy

Housing policy


Housing policy means different things to different people, and at different points in time, but a general definition would embrace the measures taken by governments to influence the quality, quantity, price and ownership of residential dwellings. British governments have always resisted direct involvement in the provision and ownership of houses, preferring instead to work through a variety of actors and organizations, often locality-based organizations. For much of the period after 1945, successive governments, both Labour and Conservative, relied on local authorities to ensure a regular supply of new rented housing, subsidized by the Exchequer and local taxpayers. Since the 1980s, however, the emphasis has switched to the idea that local housing authorities should concentrate on their strategic functions, working as enablers of ...

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