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Accommodating differenceEvaluating supported housing for vulnerable people$
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David Clapham

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306344

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306344.001.0001

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Housing and support in Britain and Sweden

Housing and support in Britain and Sweden

(p.97) Five Housing and support in Britain and Sweden
Accommodating difference

David Clapham

Policy Press

Chapter five begins the examination of particular supported housing models by explaining the focus of the book on two particular countries. It explains the reasons for choosing an international comparative approach and justifies the choice of Britain and Sweden as the two countries studied here. Reference is made to the welfare regimes approach that seeks to identify and explain the differences in welfare expenditures and policies between countries. A description is made of the main support and housing policies in the two countries. There are many similarities in support policies, although Britain has gone further in the directions of marketisation and personalisation. In housing, both systems are ‘monstrous hybrids’ with elements of market and state provision and regulation that often combine to create problems, such as low housing supply and inadequate accommodation, as well as unequal distribution and segregation, that can make life difficult for some vulnerable households.

Keywords:   Britain, Sweden, Welfare regimes, Privatisation, Marketization

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