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The politics of scottish housing plans

Midwinter, A. and Keating, M. and Taylor, P. (1984) The politics of scottish housing plans. Policy and Politics, 12 (2). pp. 145-166. ISSN 0305-5736

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Abstract

The Scottish Housing Plan system was intended to bring about a radical change in the relationship between central and local government, by giving authorities greater scope to devise policies relative to local needs. In practice, Housing Plans provide a formal framework around which bargaining and negotiation takes place. Developments since 1979, however, have resulted in the abandonment of local government having a central, comprehensive role in housing provision. The Housing Plan system has had an important influence on the pattern of central-local relations, but the original hopes for the Housing Plan system, of a more rational, integrated approach, remain unfulfilled. The air of technocratic dominance which featured heavily in the theoretical arguments for the system has been superseded by the operation of political bargaining. Housing Plans are a key mechanism within the policy framework, although not in the way intended by its progenitors.

Item type: Article
ID code: 18066
Keywords: politics, Scotland, housing, Scotland, Local government Municipal government
Subjects: Political Science > Political institutions (Europe) > Scotland
Political Science > Local government Municipal government
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Government
Strathclyde Business School > Human Resource Management
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    Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2010 14:39
    Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:09
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/18066

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