The 'Arc of prosperity' revisited: Homelessness policy change in north western Europe

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dc.contributor.author Anderson, Isobel
dc.contributor.author Dyb, Evelyn
dc.contributor.author Finnerty, Joe
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-04T14:46:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-04T14:46:43Z
dc.date.issued 2016-10
dc.identifier.citation Anderson, Isobel; Dyb, Evelyn; Finnerty, Joe (2016) 'The 'Arc of prosperity' revisited: Homelessness policy change in north western Europe'. Social Inclusion, 4 (4):108-124. doi: 10.17645/si.v4i4.675 en
dc.identifier.volume 4 en
dc.identifier.issued 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 108 en
dc.identifier.endpage 124 en
dc.identifier.issn 2183-2803
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3422
dc.identifier.doi 10.17645/si.v4i4.675
dc.description.abstract This paper compares continuity and change in homelessness policy in Ireland, Scotland and Norway with a particular focus on the period of post-crisis austerity measures (2008-2016). The analytical approach draws on institutional theory and the notion of path dependency, which has rarely been applied to comparative homelessness research. The paper compares welfare and housing systems in the three countries prior to presenting a detailed analysis of the conceptualisation and measurement of homelessness; the institutions which address homelessness; and the evidence of change in the post-2008 period. The analysis demonstrates that challenges remain in comparing the nature of homelessness and policy responses across nation states, even where they have a number of similar characteristics, and despite some EU influence towards homelessness policy convergence. Similarly, national-level homelessness policy change could not be interpreted as entirely a result of the external shock of the 2008 general financial crisis, as existing national policy goals and programmes were also influential. Overall, embedded national frameworks and institutions were resilient, but sufficiently flexible to deliver longer term policy shifts in response to the changing nature of the homelessness problem and national policy goals. Institutionalism and path dependency were found to be useful in developing the comparative analysis of homelessness policy change and could be fruitfully applied in future longitudinal, empirical research across a wider range of countries. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cogitatio en
dc.relation.uri http://www.cogitatiopress.com/ojs/index.php/socialinclusion/article/view/675
dc.rights © 2016 by the authors; licensee Cogitatio (Lisbon, Portugal). This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY). en
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Homelessness en
dc.subject Institutionalism en
dc.subject Path dependency en
dc.subject Policy change en
dc.title The 'Arc of prosperity' revisited: Homelessness policy change in north western Europe en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Joseph Finnerty, Applied Social Studies, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: j.finnerty@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2017-01-04T13:01:14Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Social Inclusion en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.placepublication Lisbon, Portugal en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress j.finnerty@ucc.ie en


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