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Title: Governance of mutual housing in London
Author: Fitzpatrick, Daniel Madav
ISNI:       0000 0004 7231 9520
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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Although mutual housing is not widespread in the UK, it does offer an important potential way of delivering housing in the context of the serious housing challenges faced today. The thesis looks at how mutual housing groups have overcome problem of collective action through selfgovernance by using formal and informal institutions used by mutual housing groups. The case studies used are based in London and are described by developing a typology of a range of mutual housing types from housing co-operatives, including short-life and long-life, fully mutual groups, through to co-housing and Community Land Trusts. Using Ostrom's work on governing the commons, a theoretical framework is developed to understand the governance practices within mutual housing groups. The thesis uses Ostrom’s institutional approach to understand mutual housing as a form of commons, and their governance practices as analogous to forms of commoning. The empirical chapters build on the interview material and cover the experiences of the mutual housing groups in accessing land, finance, their micro-practices of governance and other aspects of mutualism considered important in their experiences. The work offers a theoretical and empirical contribution to the field of the housing, collective action and governance institutions, as applied to mutual housing in London.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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