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A Monstrous Hybrid: A comment on Brett Christophers´ interpretation of Swedish housing policy
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4841-5056
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Abstract [en]

In this comment it is argued that Christophers´ misunderstands the nature of the post warhousing model in Sweden. This was actually a market friendly model where rent and priceregulations were seen as something temporary and that an increase in supply was the mostimportant policy. It is further argued that it is a mistake to describe the development inrecent decades as a move towards a neo‐liberal model. Even if there are no state subsidies,there still is a municipal planning monopoly that reduce the supply of land. Municipalitieshave become more and more restrictive towards new construction, and a combination ofNIMBY‐arguments and environmental demands have especially reduced the number ofhousing projects targeting households with lower incomes.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. , 10 p.
, Working Paper Series, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management & Centre for Banking and Finance (cefin), 2015:4
Keyword [en]
Housing policy, rent control, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-159579OAI: diva2:785843

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