The Transformation of Social Housing Provision in Switzerland Mediated by Federalism, Direct Democracy and the Urban/rural Divide
The transformation of Swiss social housing policy provides a rich case study for researchers interested the role of unique state structures and dynamic welfare regimes and their influence on social policy. Housing policy is rarely theorised from this perspective and this paper provides both empirical description and abstract explanation towards this goal. Swiss non-profit housing has been part of the urban landscape for more than a century and strategies promoting this tenure have mediated very different movements in public policy from municipal socialism, the co-operative movement, to privatisation and monetarism. Alongside a housing system orientated towards private landlordism, there are more than 1,500 non-profit housing providers. This paper examines transformations in their modes of provision over the 20th century, with a focus on financing arrangements.
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Volume (Year): 9 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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