To celebrate the publication of Housing policy transformed: The right to buy and the desire to own – now available with 25% discount – the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is hosting a book launch on 24th February 2010. The author, Peter King, and Simon Heffer, Associate Editor, The Daily Telegraph will make brief remarks; this will be followed by a drinks reception. For more information and to find out how to RSVP please click here.
The Right to Buy is the most controversial housing policy of the last 30 years, but it is also the most successful. Unlike the many studies that have focused on the costs of the policy and sought to show its negative impact, this book seeks to understand the Right to Buy on its own terms. It explains how the policy links with a coherent ideology based on self-interest and the care of things close to us – instead of a policy that sought to do things for people, the Right to Buy allowed people to do things for themselves. Why not check out our other post on this issue ‘Why the Right to Buy policy was so successful’.