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Housing and Welfare in Southern Europe. Real Estate Issues

  • ID: 2176919
  • Book
  • Region: Europe
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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These key themes run throughout this rigorous comparative analysis of housing provision in the southern European countries, written by an international group of authors.

Housing and Welfare in Southern Europe fills a major gap in the literature on comparative European housing policy. It shows how the relationship between state, market and civil society in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece is fundamentally different from northern Europe. By providing a southern view of housing provision, it throws new light on difficult social and housing policy issues throughout Europe.
This book will be of direct interest to academics, policy makers and students involved in housing as it:

Offers a fresh new way to analyse comparative housing policy and practices

Highlights the distinctive relationships among state, market, civil society and households in southern Europe

Draws out lessons for developing alternative models of housing provision
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The Authors.

Chapter One: Introduction.

Scope of this book.

Some basic concepts.

Structure of the book.


Chapter Two – Are southern housing systems different?.


Tenure patterns in southern Europe.

Countries of homeowners.

One home in two houses: high proportion of secondary homes.

Housing access, family cycles and residential mobility.

Production and promotion of housing.


Chapter Three: Urbanisation and housing systems in southern Europe.


The articulation between urbanisation and industrialisation: the pivotal role of housing.

Demographic patterns, family housing.

Similarity and difference in south European housing processes and urban patterns.

Chapter Four: Welfare systems in southern Europe.


Welfare systems and institutional complexes.

Welfare regimes, welfare states and welfare activities.

Esping–Andersen and welfare regimes.

Welfare regimes: groups of countries or idea–typical construct.

Applying the concept of welfare regimes to housing.

Castles and families of nations.

Setting the south in a European context.

Is there a separate southern welfare system?.

Civil administration, informal markets and familialism.

The southern European welfare system.

Chapter Five: Family and housing.

Family, tradition and culture.

Regional specificity in family and housing structures and practices.

The place of the family in the southern development model and welfare system.

Demographic parameters and trends.

Household cycles and housing.

Family solidarity contextualised or the circumstantial role of the family.

Family strategies for housing: North and south.

Aggressive and defensive housing strategies.

New conditions and changing context for family solidarity.

Conclusion: Family solidarity, housing and social cohesion.

Chapter Six: Public action in housing.


Ideologies, political systems and conceptions of public action in housing.

Distinctive features of public action in housing in southern Europe.

Conclusions: Public action versus state action.

Chapter seven: Conclusions.

The distinctiveness of southern European housing systems.

Theorising housing provision: lessons from southern Europe.

The future of southern housing systems.



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Judith Allen
James Barlow
Jesús Leal
Thomas Maloutas
Liliana Padovani
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