In this podcast I contrast some the current Conservative government’s policy proposals with alternatives offered by a couple of recently published reports, and then reflect on the current state of the debate, particularly the role of evidence.
(Running time: 28′ 07″)
Mentioned in this podcast:
- Shout/Capital Economics Report on investing in social housing
- Savills/NHF/JRF Report on Living Rents
- Housing Finance Institute
- Sabatier’s Advocacy Coalition Framework
- Kingdon’s Multiple Streams approach
- Flyvbjerg’s Rationality and Power
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Categories: Housing, Policy Unpacked, Politics
Good point about how moving away from market pricing in rent setting involves a whole shift of philosophical direction. I suspect the Basic Income is more likely to find a home in the Tory party than this kind of shift. At least BI preserves various notions of choice, where social housing is “provision.”
It’s a topic that I used to spend a lot more time thinking/writing about:
The ins and outs of the BI debate is something that I need to get more familiar with. It’s not something I’ve gone into in great detail.
Well, we’re a long way from implementations of BI, so there are many different ins and outs.
I personally suspect that something like BI is inevitable because (barring something surprising happening in the technology world) mass employment seems to be on the way out. There are many ways to skin the BI cat, but I’d guess that BI + market rents would have some appeal in the Tory party.
I don’t have access to read your papers at the moment. I’m between institutions. Looks very interesting from the abstracts though!