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Title: Just housing policy : is there a moral foundation for a homeownership policy?
Authors: Mok, F
Lee, J 
Keywords: Decent citizens
Moral foundation
Stakeholder
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: Housing studies, 2013, v. 28, no. 6, p. 891-909 How to cite?
Journal: Housing studies 
Abstract: There is no lack of social and political reasons in favor of public policies oriented toward helping people to become homeowners. In this study, we undertake a normative inquiry into the moral foundation, if any, behind those politically viable and beneficial publicly supported homeownership programs. What we want to examine is whether public support of homeownership is a question of justice or merely a matter of beneficence. In particular, we have reviewed three different portrayals of homeowners: homeowners as right-holders; homeowners as stakeholders; and homeowners as decent citizens. Our position is that it would do more harm than good to defend homeownership as a matter of basic rights; instead, homeownership can be justified by developing Bruce Ackerman's idea of stakeholding and the notion of asset-building as championed by Michael Sherraden. To conceive homeownership as what people deserve as stakeholders as well as a form of lifelong asset that people can rely on when encountering risks and contingencies provide sufficient ground to render public support of homeownership.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/26238
ISSN: 0267-3037
EISSN: 1466-1810
DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2013.771153
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