Policy responses to complex housing problems: A regional perspective on the roles of markets, hierarchies and networks

Phillips, Rhonda (2010). Policy responses to complex housing problems: A regional perspective on the roles of markets, hierarchies and networks. In: Conference abstracts. 4th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC 2009), Sydney, NSW, Australia, (31-32). 5-7 August 2009.

Author Phillips, Rhonda
Title of paper Policy responses to complex housing problems: A regional perspective on the roles of markets, hierarchies and networks
Conference name 4th Australasian Housing Researchers Conference (AHRC 2009)
Conference location Sydney, NSW, Australia
Conference dates 5-7 August 2009
Proceedings title Conference abstracts
Place of Publication Sydney , Australia
Publisher University of New South Wales
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Published abstract
Start page 31
End page 32
Total pages 2
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The Australian housing system involves a complex web of market, government and community actors operating in diverse contexts to deliver a range of products and services. Markets are relied on as the primary means of housing provision, with governments regulating and intervening where markets fail. Responding to the increasing complexity of ‘wicked problems’ such as homelessness, housing affordability and housing supply constraints in specific localities or for specific populations requires intersectoral collaboration in policy formulation and implementation. The market/state dichotomy is increasingly under challenge as new policy responses blur traditional boundaries, involve community or ‘third sector’ actors and highlight interdependencies between the sectors. In attempting to respond to specific housing problems, policy makers utilise a mix of market, hierarchical and network governance mechanisms for interacting and coordinating with other actors. This paper will examine recent Australian examples of responses to complex housing problems that involve multiple sectors and organisations. It will take a regional perspective, drawing on two empirical case studies from regional Queensland to compare the governance approaches adopted and their implications. One was undertaken as part of an AHURI research project that examined housing dynamics in a mining boom town in the Bowen Basin, and the second was a Townsville case study undertaken as part of an implementation evaluation of state government responses to homelessness. Both case studies involved desktop document reviews, secondary data analysis and interviews with a wide range of regional and Brisbane based stakeholders. The paper will describe the case study context and actors and analyse the nature and form of interactions occurring across the market/state/community interfaces in order to identify lessons that may be transferable to other contexts.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes W03: Housing Policy Innovations

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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