Privatization and Social Change: Housing Policy in the United States, Sweden and the Netherlands
Recent European public programs focused on universal provision have become more individualized in the face of budgetary restrictions and ever-expanding global bureaucracies. The housing sector exemplifies these changes, and demonstrates how and why governments choose to incorporate market mechanisms to increase efficiency and reduce spending. I argue that European public housing sectors are becoming increasingly similar to that of the American system, and that it is a combination of evolving policy and social attitudes that makes this possible; that an increasing tolerance for inequality and a rise in individualism relates to the privatization of housing markets and emerging social problems.
Schweigert, Joseph, "Privatization and Social Change: Housing Policy in the United States, Sweden and the Netherlands" (2008). Sociology Honors Projects. 12.
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