Community and Mutual Home Ownership: A Historical Review – Joseph Rowntree Foundation
This report surveys the history of community and mutual ownership and considers the implications for policy and practice in this area. In recent years, policy-makers have identiﬁed community and mutual ownership as making a signiﬁcant contribution to the economy, welfare and society. A historical analysis of social change can inform contemporary understanding, policy and practice.
- adopts a broad deﬁnition of ‘community and mutual’ as a way of exploring the history of ownership;
- identiﬁes ﬁve models: customary and common, community, co-operative and mutual, charitable, and municipal and state forms of ownership;
- argues that systematic and values-based approaches are needed to develop community and mutual ownership to respond to current social problems;
- notes that time is needed to develop democracy, membership and belonging, all factors that have been historically important to the success of community and mutual ownership.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation is a British social policy research and development charity.
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