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The Return of Class War Conservatism? Housing under the UK Coalition Government

Hodkinson, SN and Robbins, G (2013) The Return of Class War Conservatism? Housing under the UK Coalition Government. Critical Social Policy. ISSN 0261-0183 (In Press)

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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 privatisation 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 residualisation of social housing and draw people into an ever more economically precarious housing experience in order to boost capitalist interests.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Geography (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2012 11:33
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 13:15
Status: In Press
Publisher: Sage Publications
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74333

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