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The local state and housing production programmes: A study of change in the 1980s and the case of Haringey Council in North London.

Page, MW; (1991) The local state and housing production programmes: A study of change in the 1980s and the case of Haringey Council in North London. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Under the impact of central government policy to reduce and restructure the role of council housing, important changes have taken place within local government and housing provision in Britain. In this study, the relations between a local government's Housing Investment Programmes and the agents of council housing production are examined through the changing scale and composition of financial flows within these programmes over a ten year period. A model is developed which examines the structured position of a local council as a state institution with responsibilities for organising housing production, as well as its capacity as a local agent of production through its own sizeable direct labour organisation. One consequence of the changing scale and composition of local housing production programmes has been the collapse of the direct labour organisation as a major producer within Haringey's Housing Investment Programmes, and these events are examined in detail. The relations between the agents of council housing production within the locality are set in the context of major change in the relations between the central and local state. These changes are seen as more than a continuation of centralising trends in the 1970s; they amount to a major departure in central state policy. In this study, a relational approach is adopted as a way of understanding both agency and the social and institutional structures within which agency is articulated. This focus may allow for complexity in the causes of events, while showing which features of the processes examined can be seen as determining longer term outcomes.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The local state and housing production programmes: A study of change in the 1980s and the case of Haringey Council in North London.
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10143389
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