Le politiche della casa in Europa (Housing policies in Europe)

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Societa' Geografica Italiana
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Rivista Geografica Italiana, 2009, 116 (3)
Issue Date:
2009-01
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Housing policies in Europe: national differences and unifying tendencies of social housing. - The features of present housing issue ask for new keys, both from the analytical point of view and from that of the policies. One of the most interesting field of anlaysis is represented by the kaleidoscope of different experiences of social housing in Europe. This article aims to go in depth into this hetereogenity and to define a possible model of European social housing. The contribution is organized into five parts: the first one aims to clarify the key terms of the debate; the second one highlights the differences that characterize European countries housing management. In the third part the attention is focused on European Union in order to follow the evolution of its role in social housing from the Eighties to nowadays; opportunities and limits of the multilevel relationships between actors are analyzed in the fourth part; finally the focus is on social housing as a way to explain the characters that influence urban spaces of neoliberalism. The changes in housing policies in different European countries, changes that are encouraged by the EU agenda for competitiveness, are evolving towards neoliberal models that rarely assure not only economic but also social and territorial benefits, as the differences between the unitarian and dualistic systems of rental sector prove.
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