Housing policy implementation: the role of mediation

Somerville, Peter and Steele, A (1996) Housing policy implementation: the role of mediation. Scandinavian Housing and Planning Research, 13 (3). pp. 147-162. ISSN 0281-5737

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Abstract

This paper outlines a new way of approaching issues of policy implementation, concerned mainly with the mediation of power and influence through networks of social relations. The paper focuses in particular on housing policy dealing with the relationship between social housing landlords and their tenants in England and Wales, and the implementation of that policy by housing officers. National and local governments are identified as the key initiators of such policy, involving attempts to regulate and reform the landlord-tenant relationship. The paper argues that the closeness required to ensure effective mediation can perhaps be achieved only at the level of a housing estate or small locality, and that those representing the roles defined by regulation (for example, 'landlord' and 'tenant') are in the best position to mediate the regulated interaction. This argument is supported by evidence from research carried out into estate agreements.

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Additional Information:This paper outlines a new way of approaching issues of policy implementation, concerned mainly with the mediation of power and influence through networks of social relations. The paper focuses in particular on housing policy dealing with the relationship between social housing landlords and their tenants in England and Wales, and the implementation of that policy by housing officers. National and local governments are identified as the key initiators of such policy, involving attempts to regulate and reform the landlord-tenant relationship. The paper argues that the closeness required to ensure effective mediation can perhaps be achieved only at the level of a housing estate or small locality, and that those representing the roles defined by regulation (for example, 'landlord' and 'tenant') are in the best position to mediate the regulated interaction. This argument is supported by evidence from research carried out into estate agreements.
Keywords:Housing policy, mediation, policy implementation, regulated interaction, housing estate
Subjects:L Social studies > L410 UK Social Policy
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K450 Housing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:3133
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:30 Jul 2010 14:01
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:30

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