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The influence of local authorities on the growth of owner occupation: Edinburgh and Glasgow 1914-1939

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The article examines the question of why British cities exhibit substantial variation in tenure development. It indicates that differences between two cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, became established in the inter-war period, which was a critical one for the growth of home ownership in Britain. Although Edinburgh had smaller numbers of white collar workers it also had a substantially higher level of building for owner occupation than Glasgow. This suggests that the most important factor in the growth of home ownership at this time was not class-associated demand. The article goes on to relate the differential tenure development of these cities to the policies of their local authorities between the wars.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 1996

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