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Josef W. Konvitz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992903

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992903.001.0001

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Housing and cities

Housing and cities

toward what future?

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Cities and Crisis

Josef W. Konvitz

Manchester University Press

Problems in housing markets trigged the crisis of 2007-08. Housing policies which treated housing in relation to macro-economic trends and finance failed in many countries. Housing has been used as a tool for labour mobility, to shift unemployed people to areas of labour demand, and to generate higher levels of home ownership to stabilize society. A reassessment of the assumptions embedded in these objectives is overdue. Needed are policies for housing which maintain and even increase the positive agglomeration effects of cities and metropolitan regions. Making the transition calls for a political strategy based on green growth, social change and ageing, and risk reduction.

Keywords:   Housing markets, Green growth, Regulatory coherence, Ageing, Labour mobility

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