Poles Apart? A Comparative Study of Housing Policies and Outcomes in Portugal and Denmark

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Remarkable differences in housing policies and dominant forms of tenure can
be observed across countries. To what extent are these differences dictated by major vested interests, and explained by ideology in the context of broader political and socio-economic circumstances? Assuming that the comparison between northern and southern European countries has been largely neglected in comparative housing literature, by using the Danish and Portuguese cases I test Kemeny’s typology of rental systems to explain the divergence between these two housing realities. The empirical evidence presented in this paper emphasizes the relevance of Kemeny’s theories in explaining many of the divergent features of these housing systems, but suggests some adjustments, based upon the differences between Kemeny’s theories of dualist rental systems and what was found in the Portuguese case,
which aim to expand its explanatory power.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHousing, Theory and Society
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)221-248
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Issue 2: Piketty's 'Capital' and housing studies


  • Ideologies
  • Housing systems
  • Portugal
  • Denmark
  • Dualist rental markets


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