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Privileged or exploited council tenants?: The discursive change in Conservative housing policy from 1972 to 1980

Jacobs, Keith and Kemeny, Jim and Manzi, Tony (2003) Privileged or exploited council tenants?: The discursive change in Conservative housing policy from 1972 to 1980. Policy and Politics, 31 (3). pp. 307-320. ISSN 0305-5736

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557303322034965

Abstract

The process of social construction in which competing and sometimes contradictory definitions contend with one another plays a decisive part in policy making. Justifications for policy intervention often require a narrative identifying villains or victims to delineate creatively a 'social problem' that needs to be addressed by appropriate measures. This article shows how contrasting political and media representations of council tenants in the 1960s and 1970s provided the emotive justifications for two distinct policies: 'Fair Rents' and the 'Right to Buy'. The article concludes that more attention should be paid to the way that the successful mobilisation of bias legitimises policy interventions.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Online ISSN 1470-8442
Uncontrolled Keywords:Discourse, mobilisation of bias, council tenants
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:105
Deposited On:24 Nov 2005
Last Modified:11 Aug 2010 15:29

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