The mechanics of housing collectivism: How forms and functions affect affordability

ARCHER, Thomas (2020). The mechanics of housing collectivism: How forms and functions affect affordability. Housing Studies, 37 (3).

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In countries worldwide, limited access to affordable housing is fuelling interest in collectivist solutions. Different organizational models are being developed to enable groups of people to own and control housing collectively. The benefits of such models have been widely promoted, not least in terms of delivering enhanced housing affordability for residents. However, evidence to support such claims is scarce and it remains unclear whether affordability is the product of collective forms and functions, or some other factor(s). To address this gap in knowledge, the paper presents findings from three case studies of English and Canadian housing collectives. Applying realist theories of causation, the processes affecting housing affordability are explained, conceptualizing two causal mechanisms which depict how organizational form, internal rules and regulatory activity, along with the unique role of the resident-owner, influence the setting of rents and prices. Further research is required to understand the prevalence of these mechanisms and their general application.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban & Regional Planning; 1205 Urban and Regional Planning; 1402 Applied Economics; 1604 Human Geography
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SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 14:12
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 23:32

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