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Comparing social policiesExploring new perspectives in Britain and Japan$
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Misa Izuhara

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343666

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343666.001.0001

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Housing and social inequality in Britain

Housing and social inequality in Britain

(p.135) Seven Housing and social inequality in Britain
Comparing social policies

Mark Kleinman

Policy Press

This chapter looks at trends in social inequality in Britain and how the operation of the housing system and housing policy has contributed to this. It is divided into three parts. The first part looks at the development of housing policy in Britain from the mid-1970s on. It argues that the late 1970s and early 1980s were turning points that led to an increase in inequality, and an entrenched process of tenure polarisation. The second part looks more generally at the growth of social and economic inequality over the same period. In Britain, income inequality grew rapidly between 1977 and 1990, when it reached its highest postwar level. The third part looks at the current policies tackling inequality and social exclusion, including the contribution of housing and regeneration policies.

Keywords:   housing policy, social inequality, tenure polarisation, economic inequality, social exclusion

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