Territorial justice and Thatcherism

G. A. Boyne, M. Powell

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Changes in the level of territorial justice in the construction of new dwellings during the 1980s are examined. It has been widely argued that spatial equity has declined since the 1970s, particularly in the context of the "north-south divide'. Thus, it may be expected that territorial justice - spatial equity at the local authority level - also declined during the Thatcher years. The general arguments and evidence on spatial equity are critically reviewed, and then the relationship between housing needs and housing provision is analysed empirically. The results indicate that there was less territorial justice in private provision, and there were conflicting trends in public provision: territorial justice declined in the local authority sector, but increased in the housing association sector. However, in total, Thatcherism was associated with less territorial justice. -Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-53
Number of pages19
JournalEnvironment & Planning C: Government & Policy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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