Housing Affordability under the Fifth National Government: “Affordability is more affordable now”?

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dc.contributor.advisor Humpage, L en
dc.contributor.author Vella, Samuel en
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-05T22:30:35Z en
dc.date.issued 2019 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49305 en
dc.description Full Text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract The Fifth National government (2008 - 2017) identified a looming housing affordability crisis in New Zealand's housing markets. For National, the regulation of land uses had constrained the capacities of housing markets to respond to increasing housing demand resulting in a supply shortage driving up the price of housing. This supply problem formed the core of National's policy approach which attempted to liberalise the regulation of land uses and construction to increase the supply of new housing entering the market. The development of housing affordability as a problem of house prices in relation to incomes, however, involves a wider set of factors than those addressed by National. Following Bacchi's (2009) approach to analysing policy, this thesis examines some of the exclusions within National's representation of the problem of housing affordability . Policy does not merely respond or react to existing social problems, it actively constructs and represents aspects of the situation as being a problem which is to be addressed. This thesis finds that National's representation of housing affordability as a problem cites and iterates a wider set of assumptions about the importance and role of housing in New Zealand and highlights some of the ways in which we are governed. But while National made use of different measures to establish the problem of housing affordability and centred home ownership in its policy approaches, it left the acute affordability problems of many low-income households largely unaddressed. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof Masters Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA99265191009602091 en
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dc.title Housing Affordability under the Fifth National Government: “Affordability is more affordable now”? en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Sociology en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Masters en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.elements-id 788706 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-12-06 en


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