From asset based welfare to welfare housing? The changing function of social housing in Ireland

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Title: From asset based welfare to welfare housing? The changing function of social housing in Ireland
Authors: Norris, Michelle
Fahey, Tony
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Date: 2011
Online since: 2011-06-08T16:16:34Z
Abstract: This article examines a distinctive and significant aspect of social housing in Ireland – its change in function from an asset-based role in welfare support to a more standard model of welfare housing. It outlines the nationalist and agrarian drivers which expanded the initial role of social housing beyond the goal of improving housing conditions for the poor towards the goal of extending home ownership and assesses whether this focus made it more similar to the ‘asset based welfare’ approach to housing found in south-east Asia than to social housing in western Europe. From the mid-1980s, the role of Irish social housing changed as the sector contracted and evolved towards the model of welfare housing now found in many other western countries. Policy makers have struggled to address the implications of this transition and vestiges of social housing’s traditional function are still evident, consequently the boundaries between social housing, private renting and home ownership in Ireland have grown increasingly nebulous.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Routledge
Journal: Housing Studies
Volume: 26
Issue: 3
Start page: 495
End page: 464
Keywords: IrelandSocial housingHome ownershipPrivatisation
Subject LCSH: Welfare recipients--Housing--Ireland
Low-income housing--Ireland
DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2011.557798
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Research Collection
Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection
UCD RePEc Archive Collection

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