Management of Privatised Social Housing

Management of Privatised Social Housing

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This book explores the challenges for housing management in privatised housing estates with mixed ownership in nine European countries, plus Australia and China.

Using a common analytical framework for the analysis of national policies and specific case studies, it focuses on these central questions:

· Which privatisation policies have been pursued by governments, public and private landlords in European countries?

· Which management problems occur in privatised estates in Eastern and Western European countries?

· What innovative approaches have been developed to deal with management in such estates?

· What differences and similarities can be found in problems and responses between Western and Eastern European countries?

· To what extent can policies and practices be transferred between countries?

Individual chapters combine the theoretical and methodological discussions with empirical insights from reviewing particular case studies in different countries. The case studies highlight the diversity of post–privatization policies and their impact on organizational structure and built environment, as well as policy innovations.

Each chapter’s case study examines:

· Policy/strategy: The way in which the management is being stimulated or carried out by government, landlords and/or individuals

· Financial resources: Private and public finance available and/or used for housing management

· Human resources: The available manpower, knowledge & skills

· Culture: The common values, standards and behaviour of the people and organisations involved in housing management and the behaviour

· Organisational structure: The institutional and/or organisational structure, division of tasks and responsibilities relating to various functions of housing management

· Legal framework: Legislation and procedures used to regulate housing management

· The built environment: The housing form and quality.

Drawing on the research findings and discussions in the comparative and case study sections, the concluding chapter provides insights into theoretical contributions, research needs, and the policy and planning agenda that will support better understanding of management challenges in housing estates with mixed ownership.