We have some great book reviews coming up. So here is quick rundown of those already published, in our first two issues, this year.

  • The book title links to the publisher’s online shop.
  • The ‘full review’ links to our IJHP review article page.
  • The review author links, where possible, to their university profile (they are an insightful bunch: check out their work!)

As always, thanks to our reviewers and our Book Review Editor Oana Druta.

The political economy of housing financialization
By Gregory W. Fuller
IJHP review by: Sebastian Kohl

“Fuller suggests that housing structures political cleavages in new ways: suburban or rural elderly voters vote for centre-right or right-wing parties that propose more demand-side subsidies and more mortgage debt, whereas young urban voters tend to vote for left-wing parties that, in turn, propose supply-side policies in the hope to bring prices down.” Read the full review…

Remaking housing policy: an international study
By David Claham
IJHP review by: Mark Stephens

“The book goes beyond what one might expect from a text-book by advocating ‘an alternative housing regime’. [Clapham] sees a revival of state housing provision as a means to ‘lead’ the market and drive down rents in the private sector, in much the way that ‘unitary’ rental systems in countries such as Sweden and Germany operated in Kemeny’s studies.” Read the full review…

Introduction to housing (second edition)
Edited by Katrin B. Anacker, Andrew T. Carswell, Sarah D. Kirby and Kenneth R. Tremblay
IJHP review by Alan Mallach

“In a world with a structural imbalance between wages and housing costs and where multiple pressures are pushing housing prices upward, this is arguably the central housing issue of our time. While it is addressed in chapters on housing affordability and homelessness, both chapters devote little space to discussing the critical underlying issues” Read the full review…

A research agenda for housing
Edited by Markus Moos
IJHP review by David Clapham

“Although there is a variety of approaches and some notable exceptions… individual chapters rarely stray out of the neo-liberal paradigm in concepts and policy. …Despite its shortcomings, many readers will find material of interest in the book. It will particularly be of value to students and others wanting to take their first peak into the world of housing research and policy. ” Read the full review…