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City strategies for affordable housing: the approaches of Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, and Gothenburg
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8036-2161
2017 (English)In: International journal of housing policy, ISSN 1461-6718, E-ISSN 1473-3269Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Affordable housing has emerged as a key concept in housing policy

in a wide range of countries. Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm, and

Gothenburg are all experiencing population growth and changing

demographics; housing construction has lagged demand, leading

to housing shortage and to increased housing costs. This article

provides a detailed case study on institutional prerequisites and

political strategies to increase affordable housing supply. The four

cities focus on traditional housing policy tools: organisation, urban

planning, land allocation, and subsidies. Affordable housing is

promoted through targeted tools as well as policies aiming at

increased housing supply elasticity. The German cities have come

further than their Swedish peers in creating an active housing

policy as they have clearer goals supported by influential politicians,

and use more tools. A tentative explanation of the difference

between the German and Swedish cities explored in this paper is

that politicians in Berlin and Hamburg have greater incentives to

promote housing construction because of the structure of their

cities’ housing markets.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017.
Keywords [en]
Affordable housing; housing supply; housing shortage; housing policy; Germany; Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-201143DOI: 10.1080/19491247.2017.1278581OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-201143DiVA, id: diva2:1072641
Note

QC 200170209

Available from: 2017-02-08 Created: 2017-02-08 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
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1. Institutional prerequisites for affordable housing development: A comparative study of Germany and Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Institutional prerequisites for affordable housing development: A comparative study of Germany and Sweden
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis was written against the background of intense public debate on increasing housing shortages and housing policy reform in Germany and Sweden. Potential reforms to increase housing development volumes, especially in the affordable segment, are analysed using theories of institutional change with focus on urban planning, building law and housing policy. The instruments analysed are divided into measures intended to increase housing supply elasticity and targeted affordable housing measures.

 

Three measures intended to increase housing supply elasticity that could be transferable to Sweden are identified: 1) Development planning could be reformed through facilitated procedures, the introduction of private initiative in planning and new incentives of planning authorities. 2) The planning and building legislation could be reformed to facilitate building approvals in relation to serial housing construction, which in turn could increase the number of affordable homes being built. 3) City housing policy could promote housing development through more intense use of the policy instruments of organisation, urban planning, municipal land and subsidies, with city organisation and political attention to housing markets being identified as crucial.

 

However, effectively targeted affordable housing policies are difficult to implement under the current Swedish housing policy regime. In the short term, Swedish housing policy should therefore concentrate on housing supply elasticity-enhancing measures. However, considering the increasing pressure on the affordable housing supply and future expected demographic changes, public discussion of potential future solutions would be valuable. A first step would be to compile housing statistics such that the affordable housing shortage and the opportunities to design effective measures to counter it could be better understood.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. p. 70
Series
TRITA-FOB-DT-2017:6
Keywords
affordable housing, housing policy, urban planning, building law, institutional change
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Real Estate and Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-213672 (URN)978-91-85783-80-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-10-26, E3, Osquars Backe 14, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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SBUF - Sveriges Byggindustriers Utvecklingsfond, 13228
Note

QC 20170905

Available from: 2017-09-05 Created: 2017-09-04 Last updated: 2017-09-05Bibliographically approved

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