The development of community based housing associations in Glasgow : an experiment in the social control of housing

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Awarding institution
  • University of Strathclyde
Date of award
  • 1984
Thesis identifier
  • T5127
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  • Community based housing associations (CBHAs) are neighbourhood based and locally controlled housing associations, which became the predominant type of association in Glasgow between 1974 and 1984. The thesis examines the historical background to the development of associations, nationally and in Glasgow. It argues that, in contrast to the mainstream of the voluntary movement, with its philanthropic traditions, a distinctive feature of CBHAs has been their emphasis on resident involvement in housing production and allocation. Central to this thesis is a study of various outcomes of the urban planning experiment of CBHAs. The study explores organisational, industrial relations, participatory and political aspects of their development in the light of pertinent theoretical debates in the social science literature and detailed empirical research. It demonstrates how CBHAs have evolved as small but complex organisations and suggests that this complexity reflects the multiple objectives of associations and their complex, changing and uncertain planning and economic environment. It shows that CBHAs, like many voluntary, professional and public sector organisations, have a tendency to certain types of organisational conflict. In terms of their neighbourhood role, the case studies demonstrate that associations are influenced by local conditions, by the dynamics of local accountability, by state agencies and by wider political and economic developments. Continuing the focus on participation and state planning, the thesis draws on theories about participation, power and control which throw light on the housing association experience. It points to organisational, cultural and political influences on resident participation. It analyses the collective action through which associations have sought to modify external constraints and state controls and draws on theoretical debates on the state and social policy in examining different forms of state intervention and control. Finally it examines the role of CBHAs in Glasgow's tenement rehabilitation strategy and its consequences for people and housing in the city.
Advisor / supervisor
  • Gunn, Lewis A.
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