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Ageing and the built environment

Equity, Environment Efficiency: Urban Australia

Author: Kendig, H.
Year: 2000
Type: Book Section


This chapter assesses ways in which housing and urban change are affecting older people. The interplay between ageing and property has major impacts on the efficiency of urban areas and distributive justice. This essay considers policy actions which might improve housing and cities for older and younger people. Developing mainstream urban policies for ageing is difficult because necessary actions are dispersed across government. The way ahead is further complicated by divided responsibilites in a federal nation and new ideologies demanding public austerity. Significant intergenerational transfers are underway. A large and advantaged baby boomer generation is moving into old age ahead of a smaller and possibly less advantaged generation.

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Author Troy, P.
Pages 97-109
Publish Location Melbourne
Publisher Melbourne University Press
Accession Number November, 2010
Notes Equity, Environment, Efficiency offers a timely re-examination of the connection between ethics and economics. It argues that efficiency is not an end in itself, but rather a means to socially desirable ends. The issues it raises include: urban problems and policies; industrial policy; the property market; the commercialisation of public space; the ethical/moral environment; themes in the social engagement of Australian economists; the end of full employment and its implications for the urban economy; and the question of effective democratic planning. Equity, Environment, Efficiency is essential reading for all those concerned with policy development, housing markets, environment groups, planning and housing departments and local authorities. It will also be of interest to a wide range of governmental departments and agencies at both state and federal level. The distinguished contributors include Associate Professor Frank Stilwell, Professor Michael Webber, Associate Professor Blair Badcock, Professor Peter Dr Tim Bonyhady, Professor Peter Self and Emeritus Professor Max Neutze. About the author: Patrick Troy AO is Professor and Head of the Urban Research Program at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University. His research interests include Housing Policy, Social Justice, Statutory Authorities, Infrastructure Investment, Public Administration, Urban Planning and Urban Development. ISBN: 0-522-84892-3
Keywords Australia, older, housing improvement, policy compliance, regulation compliance

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