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Welfare Reform on the Web - January 2001: Social housing - overseas

RENT SUBSIDIES IN THE USA AND HOUSING ALLOWANCES IN THE NETHERLANDS: WORLDS APART

H. Priemus

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol. 24, 2000, p. 700-712

Article compares the American system of housing vouchers and rent certificates with the Dutch system of housing allowances, emphasising how these instruments of housing policy have been tailored to the situation in the respective countries. In the US, a housing voucher is part of a budgeted programme. It transfers a given amount of purchasing power to its recipient, together with some freedom of choice as to how the subsidy can be disbursed. Dutch housing allowances are a citizen right, payable to all households on modest incomes renting in either the public or the private sector.

THE ROAD TO INNOVATION, CONVERGENCE OR INERTIA: DEVOLUTION IN HOUSING POLICY IN CANADA

B. W. Carroll, and R. J. E. Jones

Canadian Public Policy, vol.26, 2000, p. 277-293

Paper focuses on housing policy development in Canada since 1945, with a particular emphasis on policy change and devolution since the federal government's withdrawal. Using existing theories of policy change, the paper analyzes policy shifts during five stages of housing policy development which have occurred in post-war Canada. It also incorporates a survey of provincial housing policy to assess the changes that have occurred since 1996.

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