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Nicola Lacey, David Soskice, Leonidas Cheliotis, and Sappho Xenakis

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266922

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266922.001.0001

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Housing Inequalities, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System: The Shifting Context in England and Wales since the 1980s

Housing Inequalities, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System: The Shifting Context in England and Wales since the 1980s

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(p.242) 10 Housing Inequalities, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System: The Shifting Context in England and Wales since the 1980s
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Tracing the Relationship between Inequality, Crime and Punishment
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Emily Gray

Phil Mike Jones

Stephen Farrall

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266922.003.0010

One of the first steps Margaret Thatcher’s government took following their election in 1979 was to introduce legislation that enabled sitting council tenants to buy their council homes. This chapter assesses the legacy of this policy on the experiences of homelessness and contact with the criminal justice system of two cohorts of UK citizens. Using longitudinal studies of people born in 1958 and 1970, the authors explore how policies intended to turn council tenants into property owners, may have also increased the risks of homelessness, and contact with the criminal justice system for others as well as subsequent generations. The authors assess how legislative changes can shape the lives of citizens, and highlight some of the unintended consequences of the ‘right to buy’ policy. Our chapter, therefore is essentially about the investigation of the outcomes of radical system deregulation. Our chapter draws upon concepts derived from life-course studies and historical institutionalist thinking in order to understand in-depth how radical policy changes may shape and alter the lives of ordinary citizens.

Keywords:   Thatcherism, Social housing, Homelessness, Offending, Life course perspective

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