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A Human Rights based approach to Housing Policy:A critical and normative analysis
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Building and Real Estate Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4841-5056
2014 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The first part of the article is a critical evaluation of the arguments in Rory Hearne’s“Realising the right to the city – a a human right based framework for regeneration of areasof urban disadvantage.” In the second part of the articles three current Swedish cases areanalyzed from a normative perspective to illustrate how a rights based approach can beimplemented in a better way.Design/methodology/approach: The article uses an analytical/philosophical approach.Findings: Hearne includes both “means” and “ends” among the rights, and it is argued thatthe rights should only be formulated in terms of ends. In the Swedish cases the commonfeature is that tenants are living in rent‐regulated apartments with low rent and thensomething happens that withdraws this opportunity. It is argued that society is alwayschanging and no one has an unconditional right to continue to live in the same way asbefore. The main rights should be formulated in terms of access to “reasonable” alternativesand as right to a time to adjust to the new situation.Practical/social implications: How one looks at the rights in the situations described will bethe foundation for the type of legal rules that should be implemented.Originality/value: The article shows a human rights based approach could be implemented ina more convincing way a number of specific housing situations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. , 19 p.
, Working Paper Series, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management & Centre for Banking and Finance (cefin), 14/04
Keyword [en]
human rights, housing policy, tenants´ rights, renovation, rent regulation
National Category
Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144416OAI: diva2:713437

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