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The pathology of housing policies in Iran: a criterion-based analysis

Moslem Zarghamfard, Abolfazl Meshkini, Ahmad Pourahmad and Beniamino Murgante

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 2019, vol. 13, issue 3, 453-473

Abstract: Purpose - Housing policy is a key tool in urban development and has multiple functions that directly affect human welfare. This study aims to review housing policies in Iran from a critical perspective. In fact, the study and pathology of housing policies are considered in this research. Design/methodology/approach - To advance this research, a quantitative (fuzzy TOPSIS and fuzzy AHP) method was used to rank the policies and the qualitative method (interview and literature review) was used for the pathology of housing policies. Findings - The failure of policies to provide housing in Iran is decisive, but social housing policy has a relative superiority to other policies. Causes of failure of Iranian housing policies are as follows in a pathological perspective: commodification and speculative approach to housing; lake of social and physical sustainability; social stratification and classification; inconsistency with environmental conditions; non-indigenous nature of housing policies; exclusion of local institutions in the decision-making process; and the dominance of a populist perspective on housing. Originality/value - This study is a comprehensive study because it has been extracted from the dissertation. By reading this study, the reader will be aware of the general conditions of the Iranian housing sector.

Keywords: Urbanization; Housing policy; Housing policy-making; Housing planning; Housing pathology; Iran (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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