The privatisation of social housing: Three different pathways

Marja Elsinga*, Mark Stephens, Thomas Knorr-Siedow

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This chapter examines the privatisation of social rented housing in the United Kingdom (UK), the Netherlands and Germany. It then provides comparative analysis on the nature of the privatisation process in each of these countries. The chapter discusses three main forms of privatisation in Netherlands: the transformation from municipal housing companies into housing associations, the increasing independence from government of the social rented sector and the sale of dwellings to individual households. The transfer of housing from local authority ownership to non-profit housing associations is a historic feature of the Dutch system, and more recently has become a very important feature in the UK.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Housing in Europe
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9781118412367, 9781118412343
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2014


  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Privatisation
  • United Kingdom (UK)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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