Bricks in the wall: the politics of housing in Europe

Alison Johnston, Paulette Kurzer

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Housing has important economic, political, and social ramifications for Western Europe and beyond. Despite its importance in shaping economic and political outcomes, however, housing remains in the peripheral vision of major comparative political economy debates. This introduction to the special issue accomplishes four objectives. First it demonstrates how housing defies current political economy typologies by failing to conform to their theoretical and empirical predictions. Second it summarises the current state of housing research within political science, which still remains in its infancy. Third it highlights how the contributions in this special issue expand our understanding of how housing causes and is shaped by political and economic outcomes in Europe. Finally, this introduction concludes by outlining how the special issue contributions demonstrate housing’s importance for the welfare state, political preferences and electoral shifts, regulatory and redistributive policies, and financialisation and household indebtedness in Europe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-296
Number of pages22
JournalWest European Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 23 2020


  • Housing
  • comparative political economy
  • financialisation
  • housing regimes
  • welfare state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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