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Concepts of need in housing allocation.

Spicker, Paul


Paul Spicker


Policies for the allocation of council housing are subject to considerable local variation. Despite the differences, the schemes which housing departments have developed seem often to reflect a common understanding of the concept of 'need'. Their emphasis is on an individual, material, absolute idea of 'need' which depends strongly on conventional interpretation to determine what is included and what is not. The values expressed in explicit policies form part of an ideology of need, in the sense that they constitute an inter-related set of ideas commonly shared within a profession. This ideology is based less in the implementation of common principles than the constraints of practice.


SPICKER, P. 1987. Concepts of need in housing allocation. Policy and politics [online], 15(1), pages 17-27. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 31, 1987
Online Publication Date Jan 31, 1987
Publication Date Jan 31, 1987
Deposit Date Sep 18, 2013
Publicly Available Date Sep 18, 2013
Journal Policy and politics
Print ISSN 0305-5736
Electronic ISSN 1470-8442
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 1
Pages 17-27
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