Housing policy issues in contemporary South America: an introduction

Irene Molina*, Darinka Czischke Ljubetic, Raquel Rolnik

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In the introduction to this special issue on Latin American housing policies, we address the common elements evident in this collection of papers with the aim of enabling a better knowledge exchange between the ‘global North’ and the ‘global South’ on potentially common issues. These include the changing relationship between state and capital, with special emphasis on the new role adopted by the State as a facilitator for financial private capital in an increasingly privatised housing sector; the need to address precarious housing conditions among vast sectors of the population, including international migrants; and the various innovative roles played by civil society in housing provision. Notwithstanding these similarities between world regions, our editorial introduction highlights a number of particularities in housing research in the Latin American region, underscoring the need to reflect critically on the applicability of concepts and models created in different geographical contexts with different historical, social and political realities. Within this editorial, we also introduce the main themes discussed in the specific articles and attempt to place them within the more general scope of earlier research on housing policies in the region. We conclude by acknowledging that a solution to long lasting housing inequality in Latin America remains an unfulfilled promise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-287
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Housing Policy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

Special issue: Housing Policy Issues in Contemporary South America


  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • housing inequality
  • housing policy
  • Latin America


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