The ''Roll'' of the State: Government, Neoliberalism and Housing Assistance in Four Advanced Economies

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Title The ''Roll'' of the State: Government, Neoliberalism and Housing Assistance in Four Advanced Economies
Author Dodson, Jago Robert
Journal Name Housing, Theory and Society
Editor Jim Kemeny
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Sweden
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Abstract The neoliberal restructuring of government policies in developed nations since the 1970s has stimulated many observers to observe the “roll back” of the state from social assistance, including housing. Some suggest that the “roll out” of new forms of state activity are occurring. This paper argues that perceptions of “roll back” and “roll out” arise from a particular conception of the capacity of the state that focuses on apparent state action over discursive production. A modified version of governmentality theory is deployed to demonstrate that despite perceptions of a weakening state housing assistance presence in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands and New Zealand, the conceptive and discursive role of the state has remained strong. The paper concludes by arguing that greater appreciation of the persistent pragmatic capacity of the state to define the objects, subjects and relationships of housing policy fruitfully illuminates the condition of the state under neoliberalism.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis : The author-version of this article will be available for download 18 months after publication. : Use hypertext link to the publisher version.
Volume 23
Issue Number 4
Page from 224
Page to 243
ISSN 1403-6096
Date Accessioned 2007-03-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Subject PRE2009-Political Theory and Political Philosophy; PRE2009-Social Theory; PRE2009-Urban and Regional Planning
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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