Barriers to the involvement of NGOs working for the benefit of the homeless in the housing policy process
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Department of Methodology of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science and International Studies, University of Warsaw
Submission date: 2020-03-08
Acceptance date: 2020-08-20
Publication date: 2020-12-14
Problemy Polityki Społecznej 2020;50:97-113
This article analyses the barriers experienced by representatives of non-governmental organisations in the process of deliberations on the subject of homelessness. In this paper, I investigate two deliberation forums, one in Brussels (La Strada) and the other in Warsaw (the Social Dialogue Committee on Homelessness, or SDCH). The article argues that the development of housing policy measures aimed at reducing homelessness is hindered by barriers impeding social actors who work for the benefit of the homeless from participating in the process of creating and implementing housing policy. As reported in the article, three types of barriers were found to be at work in both deliberative forums: (i) financial barriers, (ii) formal and legal barriers, and (iii) ‘relational’ barriers. The analysis shows that the barriers identified in Brussels may be related to the limitations of the corporatist model of social dialogue in the field of homelessness. The barriers observed in Warsaw may be associated with the lack of established traditions of deliberative practices and with certain features of Polish culture.
The author would like to thank Michael Ryckewaert and Nele Aernouts for their input on this research.
This work was supported by the National Science Centre, Poland under grant number 2016/23/D/HS4/00527 and by the Brussels Centre for Urban Studies (fellowship grant).
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