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Governing Independence and Expertise: The Business of Housing Associations

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ISBN13: 9781841139890
Published: April 2010
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £40.99

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Governing Independence and Expertise tells the story of governing the not-for-profit housing sector in the UK through the lens of its representative body, the National Housing Federation. In 1935 housing societies, associations and charitable trusts had failed in their bid to become central partners in tackling the 'problem of the slums'. Out of this failure came recognition of the necessity of a central body, one that could represent their interests and make them understood as 'expert' organisations; and so the National Federation of Housing Societies was born.

This is not an unfamiliar story; organisations have often set up collective structures to facilitate intervention in government. What is more remarkable is the success of the project, as today the housing association sector is seen by many as the dominant force in social housing provision. Housing associations (as they came to be known) have pioneered many programmes now central to our 'modernised' welfare state - private finance, independence and entrepreneurialism. By telling the story of the Federation, the book examines the role of the non-governmental sector in mechanisms of governing. It engages with many contemporary debates about public services and the nature of the 'social' - the limits of the role of the not-for-profit sector; the impact of private funders; and the disappearance of the notion of 'public'.

The book utilises two analytical frameworks. First, chapters on the limits of charity law, battles for control with local government, controlling centralised state regulation, and the regulatory role of money, consider how governing occurs in different regulatory spaces. Second, focusing upon the importance of ideas, chapters on: campaigning for housing as a social movement; and independence and entrepreneurialism.

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Charities, Housing Law
1. Housing, Governing and History
On Housing
On Governing
On History
The Rest of the Book
2. The Story of the National Housing Federation: An Overview
Beginnings: The Problem of the Slums
'A New Start': The Federation after the Second World War
Transformations 1: The 1960s, 1970s and 1980s
Transformations 2: Private Finance and Voluntary Transfer
3. Unacceptable Boundaries of Charity Regulation
Charity Law and the Housing Association Sector: A Historical Introduction
Housing Associations Challenged
The Housing Association Model and Third Sector Transformation
4. Governing Locally: Housing Associations and Local Government
The Technicalities of Governing Locally
Nomination Agreements: Contestation and Partnership
Stock Transfer; Coercive Practices and the Recurring Problematic of Nominations
5. Territorialising Regulation: Creating a National Regulatory Community
Regulatory Space, Regulatory Territory
Making the Housing Act 1974: Defining Territory
A New Territory of Regulation
6. Money
Structuring Relations through the Language of Finance
The Federation Intervenes
The Impact of the Housing Act 1988: Reshaping Housing Associations
Conclusion: Into the Future?
7. Shelter, the Federation and Social Movements
The Formation of Shelter
Challenging Homelessness: Housing Aid and the Homeless Persons Act 1977
Shelter and Housing Associations: A 'Movement' Moving Apart?
Conclusion: Some Reflections on Being a 'Movement'
8. 'Independent Spirit'
Securing Independence
States of Dependence