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Housing Policy in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union John Sillince

The impression gained by even a superficial acquaintance with this topic is that housing in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union is in a state of deepening crisis. We shall have to investigate to what extent this impression is an accurate one, by attempting to define what we mean by a housing shortage, by considering the available statistics, and by comparing them with similar data for Western countries. We shall also consider the possible causes of the housing problem, and also the effects. Finally, the relative importance of housing compared to other social and economic issues will be dealt with, together with an attempt to understand continuities and recent innovations in housing policy.