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The content and meaning of change in Finnish housing policy


1998 1998

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In most West European countries in the 1980's significant changes took place in the direction of national housing policies. These policy changes frequently involved a substantial switch of state subsidies away from support for social housing investment towards intensification of market processes.

These broad changes in housing policy renewed interest in research that could provide a framework for understanding these events. Indeed, over the past decade housing policy research has generated a number of new concepts and approaches such as privatization, recommodification and the structure of housing provision approach. However, very little theoretical research or development occurred and the field remained dominated by the Convergence Theory paradigm with one challenger: Power Resources Theory.

In the case study of Finland that follows it is these two theories that are utilized to examine the meaning and content of changes in Finnish housing policy. The Finnish case study revealed a housing policy sector that contradicted Convergence Theory. Power Resources Theory provided a more relevant framework although its deficiencies suggested that institutional and ideological structures played a more significant role than has been previously acknowledged.

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Subject
Urban planning;
Area planning & development;
Public administration
Classification
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
0617: Public administration
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences, convergence, power resources
Title
The content and meaning of change in Finnish housing policy
Author
Griffin, Kate
Number of pages
90
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 59/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780591758184, 0591758180
Advisor
Mullin, John
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9823740
ProQuest document ID
304447062
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304447062
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