The privatization of council housing: Stock transfer and the struggle for accountable housing

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The privatization of council housing: Stock transfer and the struggle for accountable housing. / Smyth, Stewart.

In: Critical Social Policy, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2013, p. 37-56.

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title = "The privatization of council housing: Stock transfer and the struggle for accountable housing",
abstract = "A central element in the privatization of council housing has been thedevelopment of stock transfer policy. A variety of perspectives on thisprocess have been explored including the impact on accountability relations;however, the tenants{\textquoteright} experience is almost completely absent fromthis literature. The paper develops a case study that draws on the experienceof the tenants involved in a stock transfer. In the process stocktransfers, and related accountability relations, are shown to be contestedwith tenant-led campaigns challenging this neoliberal inspired policy.The case study illustrates the power and financial resource asymmetriesin transfer campaigns with a range of anti-democratic tactics employedby those pursuing the transfer. On the basis of a critique of neoliberalism,the stock transfer process is seen as an attack on the previous democraticcontrol of council housing, which is replaced with {\textquoteleft}governance by expertsand elites{\textquoteright} and private sector inspired corporate governance forms ofaccountability. Thus the paper seeks to answer two questions; how democraticis the transfer process and what are the long-term implications fordemocratic accountability in the social housing sector.",
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