‘Right to Buy’: The Development of a Conservative Housing Policy, 1945–1980

  title={‘Right to Buy’: The Development of a Conservative Housing Policy, 1945–1980},
  author={Aled Rhys Davies},
  journal={Contemporary British History},
  pages={421 - 444}
  • A. Davies
  • Published 12 November 2013
  • History, Political Science
  • Contemporary British History
The idea of a ‘Right to Buy’ for council house tenants originated after 1945 as part of the Conservative attempt to build a ‘property-owning democracy’; however, it was deemed inappropriate and of doubtful political value by party elites until Conservative councils enacted profitable local sales schemes during the late 1960s. This article argues that the success of the ‘Right to Buy’ was contingent on the changing socio-economic context of the post-war decades, and determined by the specific… 
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