The role of the local institutional context in understanding collaborative housing models: empirical evidence from Austria

Richard Lang, Harald Stoeger

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to investigate how the institutional context influences the configuration of collaborative housing models in Austria. Although Austria has a well-established cooperative sector, few empirical studies and no comprehensive overviews have been published on collaborative housing. This paper aims to fill this research gap by extending existing work on organisational models within Austrian non-profit housing. The contribution reports original research based on qualitative expert interviews and case studies completed in 2015. We focus our empirical analysis on two local housing contexts with current collaborative housing activity, Vienna and Salzburg. Our findings highlight the importance of partnerships with large cooperatives and the key role of local authorities for the development of collaborative housing initiatives. The main contributions of the paper can be seen in feeding into on-going international comparative research on collaborative housing sectors and on the changing institutional landscapes of housing systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-54
    JournalInternational Journal of Housing Policy
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    Early online date7 Feb 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Keywords

    • Collaborative Housing
    • Cohousing
    • international comparisons
    • Housing
    • Housing Cooperatives
    • Housing associations
    • Housing Policy
    • Self-build Housing

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