The unprecedented housing and homelessness crisis in Ireland is having profound impacts on Generation Rent, the wellbeing of children, worsening wider inequality and threatening the economy.
Hearne contextualises the Irish housing crisis within the broader global housing situation by examining the origins of the crisis in terms of austerity, marketisation and the new era of financialisation, where global investors are making housing unaffordable and turning it into an asset for the wealthy.
He brings to the fore the perspectives of those most affected, new housing activists and protesters whilst providing innovative global solutions for a new vision for affordable, sustainable homes for all.
"A thoroughly researched and accessibly written analysis of the causes and implications of Ireland's housing problems, coupled with a comprehensive plan for addressing them. This is a real tour de force." Michelle Norris, University College Dublin
Rory Hearne is a Lecturer in Social Policy at Maynooth University, Ireland.
Foreword: Special Rapporteur for Housing ~ Leilani Farhi;
Introduction: a new housing crisis;
Homelessness: the most extreme inequality;
The normalisation of homelessness;
Working for social justice: community, activism and academia;
The neoliberal roots of the current crisis;
The new waves of financialisation: vultures and REITs;
Inequality and financialisation;
The lost decade of social and affordable housing: austerity and marketisation;
The people push back: protests for affordable homes for all;
The right to an affordable, secure and decent home for all;
A Green New Deal for Housing: affordable sustainable homes and communities for all.