Chapter 20 Between markets and social rights: confused EU housing policies
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With housing crises on the rise throughout Europe, various EU bodies have recently started to deal with housing – a policy field which was excluded for long from EU competences. Most recently some discursive changes emerged, as the European Pillar of Social Rights and the housing element of the InvestEU proposal. In this paper we set out an overview of this complex field in three moves. First, we discuss the current situation and the sharpening conflict between the conceptualisation of housing as a commodity vs. social right. Second, we discuss the emergence of housing within European Cohesion Policy. Exploring the effects of the financial crisis we describe how the following discursive turn can be seen from the perspective of different peripheral EU economies. This is followed by an overview of different views how the social elements of housing policies could be strengthened and what the role of the EU could be in that.

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