Social housing and the "new localism": a strategy of governance for austere times

Kim McKee

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    Drawing upon research on Scottish social housing policy, this chapter highlights how the ‘new localism’ represents a mentality of rule that seeks to govern people through their bonds and attachments to place-based communities. In a period of austerity, the mobilisation of the voluntary and community sector has been at the heart of public policy reforms. This is clearly visible in Scotland, whereby policy has sought to re-imagine housing associations as ‘community-anchor organisations’ affording them a key-role in tackling place-based inequalities. However, the empirical data also underlines the messiness of projects of rule, and how power’s effects can never be guaranteed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGovernmentality after Neoliberalism
    EditorsMark Bevir
    PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Print)978-1138923447
    Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2016

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy


    • Governance
    • Public policy
    • Housing
    • Governmentality
    • Neoliberalism


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