'The land that time forgot': Reforming access to social housing in England

David Mullins, Hal Pawson

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    Despite a long period of public management reform in social housing, including shifts from state to non-profit providers and exit opportunities for tenants, access to new tenancies has until very recently continued to be mediated by bureaucratic rationing approaches. This article explores the reasons for the long dominance of rationing, and the factors that are now leading to its replacement with more consumerist approaches known as 'choice-based lettings'. Chaos and complexity theory are used to explore the role of market factors and changes in understanding in destabilising an entrenched initial attractor pattern, and the role of local experiment, policy transfer and new political agendas in establishing a new attractor pattern. © The Policy Press, 2005.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)205-230
    Number of pages26
    JournalPolicy and Politics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


    • Chaos and complexicity theory
    • Lettings
    • Management reform
    • Social housing


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