Housing and Welfare in Southern Europe
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
Chapter One: Introduction.
Scope of this book.
Some basic concepts.
Structure of the book.
Chapter Two - Are southern housing systems different?.
Tenure patterns in southern Europe.
Countries of homeowners.
One home in two houses: high proportion of secondary homes.
Housing access, family cycles and residential mobility.
Production and promotion of housing.
Chapter Three: Urbanisation and housing systems in southern Europe.
The articulation between urbanisation and industrialisation: the pivotal role of housing.
Demographic patterns, family housing.
Similarity and difference in south European housing processes and urban patterns.
Chapter Four: Welfare systems in southern Europe.
Welfare systems and institutional complexes.
Welfare regimes, welfare states and welfare activities.
Esping-Andersen and welfare regimes.
Welfare regimes: groups of countries or idea-typical construct.
Applying the concept of welfare regimes to housing.
Castles and families of nations.
Setting the south in a European context.
Is there a separate southern welfare system?.
Civil administration, informal markets and familialism.
The southern European welfare system.
Chapter Five: Family and housing.
Family, tradition and culture.
Regional specificity in family and housing structures and practices.
The place of the family in the southern development model and welfare system.
Demographic parameters and trends.
Household cycles and housing.
Family solidarity contextualised or the circumstantial role of the family.
Family strategies for housing: North and south.
Aggressive and defensive housing strategies.
New conditions and changing context for family solidarity.
Conclusion: Family solidarity, housing and social cohesion.
Chapter Six: Public action in housing.
Ideologies, political systems and conceptions of public action in housing.
Distinctive features of public action in housing in southern Europe.
Conclusions: Public action versus state action.
Chapter seven: Conclusions.
The distinctiveness of southern European housing systems.
Theorising housing provision: lessons from southern Europe.
The future of southern housing systems.
* highlights differences in the relationships between state, market, civil society and household
* draws out lessons from alternative models of housing provision
[The book has] an approach that locates housing in a far wider
context than housing policies and population numbers; an effective
combination of statistical and other information with theoretically
informed analysis; and a coherent and well argued presentation.
Overall Judith Allen and her co-authors have made a considerable
contribution to the housing studies literature; for anyone
interested in comparative housing studies - students and seasoned
researchers alike - this is a must-read book." Housing, Theory
and Society Vol 21, No 4
"An important contribution to the theoretical literature on
international comparative housing research." European Journal of
Housing Policy Vol 5 No 1
"An interesting analysis of housing in the context of welfare
policy models in southern Europe and a welcome addition to a
bibliography which does not increase rapidly." Urban Studies
"Fills a gap in the literature on comparative European housing
policy. throws a new light on difficult social and housing policy
issues throughout Europe." International Social Security Review,
'The work is a rigorous, comparative and well- documented
analysis of housing provision in Southern European countries. The
book is extremely useful for researchers, students and policymakers
who want to take advantage of some of the best approaches to
housing and the welfare state through the perspective of the
differences between North and South.' Journal of European Social
"An easy to absorb style and yet it still provides for good
robust academic analysis....[the book] provides a wealth of
information and, particularly for students, it enables the reader
to access a valuable body of research through their analysis of
well referenced sociological models." Housing Studies Vol 21
'The book opens up new ways of developing research and improving our knowledge in order to contribute to a better design of housing policies across Europe.' Southern European Society and Politics