The Right to Buy?

Selling off Public and Social Housing

Alan Murie

The Right to Buy?

Alan Murie

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

152 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $18.00 ISBN: 9781447332077 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The right-to-buy scheme has been a key component of housing policy across the United Kingdom for thirty-five years, and while Scotland and Wales have decided to end it, in 2015 there were proposals to extend right to buy in England. But what exactly is this policy, how has it developed, and what has its impact been? Is there any evidence of wider, unintended consequences, and how might extending the policy affect future housing provisions? What alternatives are there? In this book, Alan Murie provides an authoritative account of the rise and reach of the right-to-buy policy as well as its potential future sway. Presenting up-to-date statistical data, The Right to Buy? both engages with debates about transfers to private renting and the policy’s impact on public expenditure and the current housing situation, and assesses the proposals for new legislation.
Contents
Introduction; 
Selling public housing: Precursors and preconditions; 
The Right to Buy 1980-2015; 
Right to Buy: Statistics and impact; 
A policy commentary; 
The next phase: Extending the right to buy in England;
Conclusions: The right to buy and beyond
Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books
"In the context of fast-moving change, [this] book provides a welcome and objective policy analysis."
Peter Williams, University of Cambridge
“Murie is the UK expert on the Right to Buy. He provides an in-depth and accessible assessment of the policy, its past, present, and future, informed not least by his work in this area over the last thirty-five years.”
David Mullins, University of Birmingham
“Students and policy makers alike will enjoy this concise and research-based review of one of the most widely discussed housing policies of the past fifty years from the leading author on the topic.”
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