Bricks in the Wall: The Politics of Housing in Europe (West European Politics) (Hardcover)

Bricks in the Wall: The Politics of Housing in Europe (West European Politics) By Alison Johnston (Editor), Paulette Kurzer (Editor) Cover Image
By Alison Johnston (Editor), Paulette Kurzer (Editor)
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This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of how politics shape housing markets and vice-versa. It demonstrates how housing impacts a variety of social and political phenomenon including populist politics, generational divides, wealth inequality, monetary policy, and the welfare state.

Housing and housing markets have important implications for economic stability, public policy, domestic politics and wealth inequality in Europe and beyond. Yet despite its importance, housing has received relatively little attention in comparative politics scholarship. The contributions within this volume push the scholarship of housing into fresh, innovative directions. The chapters focus on housing's contribution to wealth inequality, how housing constrains governments' policy choices in welfare state reform and how it can strengthen governments' hands in financial regulation. Other contributions reveal the impact of housing on central bankers' motivations for implementing monetary expansion, highlight the generational divide in gaining access to home-ownership, demonstrate how housing-driven wealth inequality steers voters political preferences towards right-wing populism, and explain how housing gradually shifted from being a social right to an object of investment in Europe, even within its most egalitarian states. These contributions cover a diversity of cases in Western and Eastern Europe and theoretical paradigms that will appeal to scholars and policy makers alike.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of West European Politics.

About the Author

Alison Johnston is associate professor and the U.G. Dubach Chair in Political Science in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University, USA. Paulette Kurzer is professor in the School of Government and Public Policy and Director of the M.A. in International Security Studies at the University of Arizona, USA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780367743284
ISBN-10: 0367743280
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: March 31st, 2021
Pages: 248
Language: English
Series: West European Politics