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Rent regulation: unpacking the debates
In the context of chronic problems with high housing costs, rent regulation has returned to the forefront of policy debate in several countries.

In the context of chronic problems with high housing costs, rent regulation has returned to the forefront of policy debate in several countries. This paper addresses three distinct questions related to rent regulation and the role of evidence. First, what are the drivers of policy change on rent regulation and what role does evidence play in shaping change? Second, what is the nature of the evidence base on rent regulation and the key messages that emerge from it? Third, how is this evidence base transmitted into policy debate? We take the example of the recent UK policy debate to examine this issue. The paper discusses the case of current policy development in Scotland to reflect upon policy drivers and the role of evidence. The paper combines insights from a recent evidence review and a decade-long policy ethnography. Not only does research indicate that evidence has played a limited role as a driver for policy change on rent regulation, but the nature of the evidence base is such that there are limits on the guidance it can offer and the extent to which policy can, in principle, be rooted in evidence. The case of Scotland illustrates the forces at play in shaping rent regulation policy.

Read the full article in the International Journal of Housing Policy.

 
Author(s): Alex Marsh, Ken Gibb, Adriana Mihaela Soaita
Published: 02 August 2022
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