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A monstrous hybrid: the political economy of housing in early-twenty-first century Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
2013 (English)In: New Political Economy, ISSN 1356-3467, E-ISSN 1469-9923, Vol. 18, no 6, 885-911 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the leftist Western political imagination, Sweden continues, for many, to represent a vision of a ‘better’, more egalitarian political-economic model than the neoliberal capitalism that has come to dominate the Anglo-American world in particular; and its housing system is widely regarded as an integral component of this alternative, social-democratic model. The present paper argues that this envisioning of the political economy of Swedish housing is thoroughly outdated. Yet it insists, equally, that the competing envisioning of Swedish housing advanced by prominent scholars within Sweden – of a radically (neo)liberalised domestic housing system – is not accurate either. Rather, Swedish housing in the early twenty-first century constitutes a complex hybrid of legacy regulated elements on the one hand and neoliberalised elements on the other. Recognising this hybridity is essential, the paper submits, to understanding the nature and source of the most pressing issues facing the Swedish housing sector today. The system's hybridity, moreover, is ‘monstrous’ – following Jane Jacobs's coining of the term – in the sense that those issues reveal the pivotal role currently played by the Swedish housing system in the creation, reproduction and intensification of socio-economic inequality.

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2013. Vol. 18, no 6, 885-911 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212724DOI: 10.1080/13563467.2012.753521ISI: 000327474300006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-212724DiVA: diva2:679123
Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-13 Last updated: 2014-01-13Bibliographically approved

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