Housing: linking theory and practice

Joe Doherty

in What works?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2000 | ISBN: 9781861341914
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304265 | DOI:
Housing: linking theory and practice

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This chapter notes that there is a long history of association between housing research and housing policy in the UK. However, as people entered twenty-first century, there was a paradox whereby, at a time of unprecedented research output, research evidence rarely impacted directly on housing policy formulation and implementation. This chapter explores three possible explanations: the operational focus of housing research, which is of limited help in setting policy agendas; the growing complexity of housing policy, which has moved beyond the mere provision of shelter to be implicated in a range of social and economic problems; and the dominant role of political ideology in setting the housing policy agenda. Each of these means that, despite the wealth of research on housing issues, evidence-based housing policy seems some way off.

Keywords: housing research; housing policy; UK; political ideology; economic problems

Chapter.  7376 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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