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    The return of class war conservatism? Housing under the UK coalition government

    Hodkinson, S. and Robbins, Glynn (2013) The return of class war conservatism? Housing under the UK coalition government. Critical Social Policy 33 (1), pp. 57-77. ISSN 0261-0183.

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    Abstract

    The May 2010 election of a Conservative-dominated UK coalition government unleashed an unprecedented austerity drive under the auspices of ‘deficit reduction’ in the wake of the global financial crisis. This article focuses on housing policy to show how the ‘cuts’ are being used as an ideological cover for a far-reaching, market-driven restructuring of social welfare policy that amounts to a return of what Ralph Miliband called ‘class war conservatism’. We revisit the main ideological contours and materialist drivers of Thatcherism as a hegemonic strategy, discussing the central role played by housing privatization in the neoliberal project that was continued, but not completed, by New Labour. We then discuss the Coalition’s assault on the housing welfare safety net it inherited, arguing this has rapidly shut down alternative directions for housing and represents a strategic intervention designed to unblock and expand the market, complete the residualization of social housing and draw people into an ever more economically precarious housing experience in order to boost capitalist interests.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): class, Coalition Government, housing privatization, neoliberalism, Thatcherism
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Social Policy and Education (Old)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2013 14:06
    Last Modified: 03 Jun 2013 14:06
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/7200

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