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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Community anchor housing associations: illuminating the contested nature of neoliberal governing practices at the local scale
Author(s): McKee, Kim
Keywords: empowerment
Big Society
governmentality
localism
voluntary sector
welfare reform
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2015
Citation: McKee K (2015) Community anchor housing associations: illuminating the contested nature of neoliberal governing practices at the local scale. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 33 (5), pp. 1076-1091. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263774x15605941.
Abstract: In a period of fiscal austerity, the mobilization of the voluntary and community sector has been pivotal to neoliberal public policy reforms. This is reflected in the emergence of a ‘new localism’, which seeks to encourage place-based communities to take responsibility for their own welfare through the ownership and management of community assets. In the UK these political narratives are encapsulated in the Prime Minister's Big Society agenda, which has been influential in the housing field and has underpinned an emergent policy discourse constructing housing associations as community anchor organizations. Drawing on the case study of the community-controlled housing association sector in Scotland, this paper illuminates the centrality of localism to contemporary technologies of neoliberal governance. Through an analytical focus on the agency of front-line housing professionals, it also adds to debates on ‘ethnographies of government’, which emphasize the situated messiness of projects of rule and the struggles around subjectivity.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0263774x15605941
Rights: McKee K, Community anchor housing associations: illuminating the contested nature of neoliberal governing practices at the local scale, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2015, 33 (5), pp. 1076-1091. Copyright © The Authors 2015. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

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