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Housing the New Russia$
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Jane R. Zavisca

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801450372

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801450372.001.0001

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Disappointed Dreams

Disappointed Dreams

Distributive Injustice in the New Housing Order

(p.103) Chapter 5 Disappointed Dreams
Housing the New Russia

Jane R. Zavisca

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines young people's perceptions of housing inequality and injustice in Russia and their rejection of housing markets. According to surveys and focus groups commissioned by the Russian government, most Russians perceive the housing system to be in crisis. In 2007, two-thirds of eighteen-to thirty-five-year olds reported they needed better housing conditions, but only one-third had plans to move within the next few years. Respondents characterized the present system as unfair and the Soviet housing order as more just. In their assessment of distributive justice, less-educated respondents typically framed housing as a universal right for all workers. This chapter considers what kind of housing young Russians feel they need to live normally before discussing how perceived barriers to normative housing de-legitimate the postsocialist housing order. It shows that market failure led many Russians to believe that government should control construction and prices to make housing more affordable, and redistribute housing to deserving youth in order to redress market injustice.

Keywords:   housing inequality, Russia, housing markets, young people, housing order, distributive justice, housing, market failure, market injustice

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