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Housing as urbanism: The role of housing policies in reducing inequalities. Lessons from Puente Alto, Chile

Cocina, C; (2019) Housing as urbanism: The role of housing policies in reducing inequalities. Lessons from Puente Alto, Chile. Housing Studies 10.1080/02673037.2018.1543797. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the potential of housing policies to reduce economic, social and political inequalities. Understanding inequalities as issues of distribution and recognition, housing policies have the potential to tackle them by encouraging more equal outcomes and processes. Presupposing the centrality of the urban dimension in current debates, this article puts forward the idea of housing as urbanism as a framework of analysis. This framework is used to discuss the Chilean case, a market-led housing system that is considered as a financial model by many countries in the global South. However, urban shortcomings have encouraged policy makers to incorporate explicit urban equality ambitions in recent years. Based on empirical work conducted in Bajos de Mena, Santiago, the article presents two programmes with equality aspirations, examining their economic, social and political impacts. To draw lessons from the cases contributing to wider debates, it identifies the main challenges in addressing inequality, reflecting on the relevance of these conclusions beyond the Chilean case.

Type: Article
Title: Housing as urbanism: The role of housing policies in reducing inequalities. Lessons from Puente Alto, Chile
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2018.1543797
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1080/02673037.2018.1543797
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Housing policy, social housing, inequality, urbanism, Chile
UCL classification: UCL
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 > Development Planning Unit
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060400
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