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Housing policy transformed: The right to buy and the desire to own

Peter King


The Right to Buy is the most controversial housing policy of the last 30 years, but it is also the most successful. Unlike the many studies that have focused on the costs of the policy and sought to show its negative impact, this book seeks to understand the Right to Buy on its own terms. It explains how the policy links with a coherent ideology based on self-interest and the care of things close to us – instead of a policy that sought to do things for people, the Right to Buy allowed people to do things for themselves.

Keywords: Right to Buy, housing policy, self-interest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781847422132
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422132.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter King, author