Quotation Lang, Richard, Novy, Andreas. 2014. Cooperative Housing and Social Cohesion: The Role of Linking Social Capital. European Planning Studies 22 (8): 1744-1764.


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The article examines the role of housing cooperatives for social cohesion in the city by introducing linking social capital which grasps the vertical dimension of social capital. Housing cooperatives represent a crucial intermediate level between residents and urban housing policy, thus providing opportunity structures for bottom-linked citizen participation. Drawing on the case of Vienna, a large-scale household survey and interviews with key informants provide empirical evidence on the importance of a form of social capital which links actors at different levels in the spatial hierarchy: residents, housing managers and political decision-makers. The findings add to our understanding of the opportunities and problems with resident participation in a policy field structured by multi-level governance. Our two-level analysis shows that the dominant model of governance, top-down as well as neoliberal, has structurally limited the room for participatory practices in cooperative housing. Nevertheless, we argue that professional housing cooperatives have a potential to give residents a voice beyond the neighbourhood. Their strong linkages with public decision-makers at different scales can help leverage ideas and resources of residents.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal European Planning Studies
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title Cooperative Housing and Social Cohesion: The Role of Linking Social Capital
Volume 22
Number 8
Year 2014
Page from 1744
Page to 1764
Reviewed? Y
URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09654313.2013.800025

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Lang, Richard (Former researcher)
Novy, Andreas (Details)
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Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
Institute for Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship IN (Details)
Research Institute for Cooperation and Cooperatives FI (Details)
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