Localism, Devolution and Housing Policies

Duncan Maclennan, Anthony O'Sullivan

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In this study, we examine the idea of localism in the context of housing policy and as mediated by the experience of devolution in England and Scotland. After considering arguments for adopting localism in principle, we examine the meaning and limitations of the concept when account is taken of the real nature of housing systems. This forms the basis for a consideration of the experience of localism in the context of social housing provision. We conclude that the implementation of localism by UK policy-makers has exhibited shortcomings and the emerging interpretation of localism may lead to policy dumping rather than enhanced real local autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-615
Number of pages17
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number4
Early online date25 Jan 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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