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Thatcher’s ‘Right to Buy’ Reform at 40: A Policy Feedback Analysis of UK Social Housing Policies

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posted on 07.06.2021, 14:46 by Sanya Naqvi, Daniel Beland, Alexander Waddan
Focusing on policy feedback, this article examines the influence, four decades after its enactment, of Margaret Thatcher’s 1980 ‘Right to Buy’ (RtB) policy on today’s social housing institutions in the UK. We argue that through interest-group feedback mechanisms, RtB helped expand and reinforce the UK landlord class. Furthermore, we assert that the policy pressures placed on local councils to embody housing within the welfare state contributed to a path-dependent, privatisation feedback mechanism. More generally, an analysis of the UK case is important as it could help us think about housing privatisation in terms of policy feedback and long-term historical legacies.

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Citation

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1332/175982721X16210003919853

Author affiliation

School of History, Politics and International Relations

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

Publisher

Policy Press

issn

1759-8273

Acceptance date

07/05/2021

Copyright date

2021

Available date

07/10/2021

Language

en