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Governance of mutual housing in London

Fitzpatrick, Daniel Madav; (2018) Governance of mutual housing in London. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Although mutual housing is not widespread in the UK, it does offer an important potential way of delivering housing in the context of the serious housing challenges faced today. The thesis looks at how mutual housing groups have overcome problem of collective action through selfgovernance by using formal and informal institutions used by mutual housing groups. The case studies used are based in London and are described by developing a typology of a range of mutual housing types from housing co-operatives, including short-life and long-life, fully mutual groups, through to co-housing and Community Land Trusts. Using Ostrom's work on governing the commons, a theoretical framework is developed to understand the governance practices within mutual housing groups. The thesis uses Ostrom’s institutional approach to understand mutual housing as a form of commons, and their governance practices as analogous to forms of commoning. The empirical chapters build on the interview material and cover the experiences of the mutual housing groups in accessing land, finance, their micro-practices of governance and other aspects of mutualism considered important in their experiences. The work offers a theoretical and empirical contribution to the field of the housing, collective action and governance institutions, as applied to mutual housing in London.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Governance of mutual housing in London
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10047446
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