chapter  7
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Public housing and political legitimacy

That a successful national housing policy generates political legitimacy for the ruling government should be a truism that defies challenge. Yet in European countries where there has been extensive state-provided social housing, such provisions have been in retreat since the early 1980s as part of the attempt to reduce the rising costs of social welfarism - and this in spite of the political legitimacy that such provisions have generated for past and present social democratic governments.