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Private sector provision of social housing: an assessment of recent Irish experiments


  • Michelle Norris
  • Dermot Coates


In recent years many European governments have reduced the role of social housing in accommodating low-income households and increased the role of the private rented sector with the aid of housing allowances. The Irish government had expected that this would lead to better value for money and would give claimants greater flexibility. However, this has not proved to be the case and housing allowance claimant numbers have been very difficult to control. The Irish experience highlights some administrative strategies which could be employed by other countries to address this problem and thereby enhance the potential for public--private partnerships in the provision of social housing.

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  • Michelle Norris & Dermot Coates, 2010. "Private sector provision of social housing: an assessment of recent Irish experiments," Public Money & Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(1), pages 19-26, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:pubmmg:v:30:y:2010:i:1:p:19-26
    DOI: 10.1080/09540960903492307

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    1. Michelle Norris & Michael Byrne, 2016. "Social housing's role in the Irish property boom and bust," Working Papers 201615, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
    2. Dezhi Li & Yanchao Chen & Hongxia Chen & Eddie Chi Man Hui & Kai Guo, 2016. "Evaluation and Optimization of the Financial Sustainability of Public Rental Housing Projects: A Case Study in Nanjing, China," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(4), pages 1-13, April.
    3. repec:gam:jsusta:v:8:y:2016:i:4:p:330:d:67575 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Tony Fahey & Michelle Norris & Desmond McCafferty & Eileen Humphreys, 2011. "Combating social disadvantage in social housing estates: the policy implications of a ten year follow up study," Open Access publications 10197/5561, Research Repository, University College Dublin.

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