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The content and meaning of change in Finnish housing policy
In most West European countries in the 1980's significant changes took place in the direction of national housing policies. These policy changes frequently involved a substantial switch of state subsidies away from support for social housing investment towards intensification of market processes.^ These broad changes in housing policy renewed interest in research that could provide a framework for understanding these events. Indeed, over the past decade housing policy research has generated a number of new concepts and approaches such as privatization, recommodification and the structure of housing provision approach. However, very little theoretical research or development occurred and the field remained dominated by the Convergence Theory paradigm with one challenger: Power Resources Theory.^ In the case study of Finland that follows it is these two theories that are utilized to examine the meaning and content of changes in Finnish housing policy. The Finnish case study revealed a housing policy sector that contradicted Convergence Theory. Power Resources Theory provided a more relevant framework although its deficiencies suggested that institutional and ideological structures played a more significant role than has been previously acknowledged. ^
Political Science, Public Administration|Urban and Regional Planning
"The content and meaning of change in Finnish housing policy"
(January 1, 1998).
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