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Marginalisation, Grenfell Tower and the voice of the social-housing resident: a critical juncture in housing law and policy?

Marginalisation, Grenfell Tower and the voice of the social-housing resident: a critical juncture in housing law and policy?
Marginalisation, Grenfell Tower and the voice of the social-housing resident: a critical juncture in housing law and policy?
This paper draws on historical institutionalism to consider the impact of housing-policy responses following the Grenfell fire on the marginalisation of the social-housing resident. We consider three specific policy responses: reform focused on conditions of rented properties; the social-housing White Paper; and building regulation and building-safety reforms. We suggest that, in historical institutionalist terms, each is part of a matrix of reform in which understandings of the social-housing resident play a critical role. We argue that rather than the fire provoking a paradigm shift in the recognition that government accords to the ignored and stigmatised citizens who live in social housing, the policy initiatives to date indicate a much more limited adjustment of policy within a normal frame. We suggest that this is because housing policy is dominated by a consumerist ideology that is self-reinforcing and ignores the social, economic and political complexity of tenure.
Grenfell Tower, historical institutionalism, housing policy, resident voice
1744-5523
10-24
Carr, Helen
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Cowan, Dave
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Kirton-darling, Ed
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Carr, Helen
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Cowan, Dave
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Kirton-darling, Ed
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Carr, Helen, Cowan, Dave and Kirton-darling, Ed (2022) Marginalisation, Grenfell Tower and the voice of the social-housing resident: a critical juncture in housing law and policy? International Journal of Law in Context, 18 (1), 10-24. (doi:10.1017/S1744552322000088).

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This paper draws on historical institutionalism to consider the impact of housing-policy responses following the Grenfell fire on the marginalisation of the social-housing resident. We consider three specific policy responses: reform focused on conditions of rented properties; the social-housing White Paper; and building regulation and building-safety reforms. We suggest that, in historical institutionalist terms, each is part of a matrix of reform in which understandings of the social-housing resident play a critical role. We argue that rather than the fire provoking a paradigm shift in the recognition that government accords to the ignored and stigmatised citizens who live in social housing, the policy initiatives to date indicate a much more limited adjustment of policy within a normal frame. We suggest that this is because housing policy is dominated by a consumerist ideology that is self-reinforcing and ignores the social, economic and political complexity of tenure.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 March 2022
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 April 2022
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press.
Keywords: Grenfell Tower, historical institutionalism, housing policy, resident voice

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Local EPrints ID: 457821
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/457821
ISSN: 1744-5523
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Author: Helen Carr
Author: Dave Cowan
Author: Ed Kirton-darling

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