Building more houses would raise house prices because neoliberalism

Via, which gives an interesting view of the piece, we get this PhD thesis. Which sets out to prove that if you build more houses they will only become more expensive because neoliberalism.

This thesis ontologically investigates the function of planning in relation to the hegemonic ideology of neoliberalism. It argues that since planning emanated from the contradictory operations of capitalism, it largely influenced by these paradoxical characteristics. As the result, planning undertakes a paradoxical role in performing its plans and policies and often fails in adequate achievement of its aims. Urban Growth Management Policy (UGMP) is considered to provide an in-depth understanding of the function of planning under the hegemonic ideology of neoliberalism. A logic approach based on the Essex School of Discourse Analysis (ESDA) studies is applied as the methodology of the research. The method is a complicated approach taken from political studies and is applied for the first time in a planning research. The method is proposed by this thesis as it is anticipated it will bring a beneficial approach to planning whereby different logics for the possibility of a practice can be considered including the social, political and fantasmatic logics. In particular, it is considered useful for planning theory and practice because it attempts to bridge the usual dichotomies in planning, such as those of theory and practice of planning. In addition, it is worthwhile due to its intrinsic ability to propose an alternative or counter-logic for the status quo of planning with an emphasis on the contextual characteristics of empirical cases. Based on the retroductive/abductive modes of reasoning that the logic approach suggests, this research creates a critical theory of neoliberal housing policy in the form of UGMP. Then, the thesis examines the validity of the theory in two chosen case studies from Western Australia, Perth-Ellenbrook and from Iran, Tehran-Parand. The validation of the theory in two cases shows which logics of social, political and fantasmatic make a practice of UGMP possible in each case. It also shows to what extent the practice of UGMP in each case is in alignment with neoliberalism as the hegemonic ideology. Furthermore, an ontological investigation of the logics of possibility of something inherently inscribes the logics of the impossibility/vulnerability of that thing. Indeed, a logic approach provides a twofold aim for this research, which is to systematically uncover different logics of the possibilities of a practice of planning such as that of an UGMP, as well as the impossibility of that practice. Therefore, deployment of logic approach provides an appropriate tool to discuss for at least one alternative to the practice of UGMP in each case of Perth and Tehran.

Yes, this woman actually teaches courses with the word “economic” in the title.

The PhD was awarded……

53 comments on “Building more houses would raise house prices because neoliberalism

  1. A logic approach based on the Essex School of Discourse Analysis (ESDA) studies is applied as the methodology of the research.

    Essex School of Discourse Analysis? Would that be what the rest of us call a pile of fetid dingo’s kidneys?

    Then, the thesis examines the validity of the theory in two chosen case studies from Western Australia, Perth-Ellenbrook and from Iran, Tehran-Parand.

    So two sites far away that are utterly atypical of Britain. Tehran is of course full of psychotic sheep shaggers. And Perth is the main city in Western Australia that has been going through an incredible boom because of the Chinese demand for minerals. The far away thing means it is hard to double check.

    So a double pile of fetid dingo’s kidneys.

    The validation of the theory in two cases shows which logics of social, political and fantasmatic make a practice of UGMP possible in each case.

    Fantasmatic? What the f**k is that?

  2. I love the way they write. It’s almost as though they have nothing much to say and are trying to hide it.

  3. This of course means that if there is only one house for a million people, it will be free.

  4. “Laclau complemented his theoretical contributions with political engagement. He was a major influence on Argentina’s “Kirchnerism” and the emancipatory popular movements in Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador”

    LOL.

    This is also Varoifakis’ alma mater. So that’s at least three countries messed up (not sure how Bolivia and Ecuador are faring…)

  5. “And Perth is the main city in Western Australia that has been going through an incredible boom because of the Chinese demand for minerals”

    Just to point out it’s going through an incredible bust because of the lack of Chinese demand for minerals.

    Oh, and this also proves Ms Whatthefuck is talking complete garbage;

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-21/wa-housing-prices-to-fall-as-oversupply-hits-state/8373564

    https://www.domain.com.au/news/perth-house-price-bust-what-can-sydney-and-melbourne-learn-from-the-west-20170404-gvd9g0/

  6. That was harder to read than Spud’s outpourings.

    “Fantasmatic? What the f**k is that?”

    Exactly my thought when I read it so I used the look up feature on the iPad as I was reading and it told me this:

    Lived body and fantasmatic body: The debate between phenomenology and psychoanalysis

    Thamy Ayouch
    Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology 28 (2):336-355 (2008)
    Abstract
    Neither the lived body, taken up by Merleau-Ponty after Husserl, nor the libidinal body theorised by psychanalysts after Freud, can be reduced to the counted, measured, physical body, apprehended only from outside. Both phenomenology and psychoanalysis set forth the priority of a global subjective lived body, approached “from within”. However, their perspectives seem to differ when it comes to the conception of the interiority of this lived body, which psychoanalysis deems as imaginary. This paper examines the similarities and discrepancies between the Merleau-Pontyan phenomenological body and the Freudian erogenous body. It attempts to show how the very categories of perception and imagination are reversed when moving from one discipline to the other. It concludes by proposing some lines along which the comparison could be prolonged. 2012 APA, all rights reserved

    https://philpapers.org/rec/AYOLBA

    I’m none the wiser.

  7. Essex School of Discourse Analysis

    “Oi! Whas’ yer game? Wotcha lookin’at? Wotchoo say? Kick yer fickin’ teeth in, cunt. Yer wot?!?! ‘Ere. Smile roun’ that. Oi! Steve! Gettus anuvver pintalager. Cunt ‘ere’s chewin’ on th’ last’un.”

  8. One more target for Mr Ecks.

    If the West was a person it would be committed to an asylum for self-harm in churning out tens of thousands of people like this woman.

  9. Reading that is hard work. And then you realise it was a complete waste of time and effort!

  10. Normally I am quite good at coming up with convoluted theories that could justify what seems like a stupid idea. In this case it is rather difficult. Since a convoluted theories is what everyone expects here is a half-assed attempt:

    Starting out we have a problem with housing prices. In order to lower prices we have a building boom. This leads housing costs to drop below the price necessary for builders to make a profit. No profits mean builders go out of business. As Russian billionaire buy up the existing property prices skyrocket. Since all the builders are gone prices end up higher than they were before. Normally need businesses would appear to build new homes. Thanks to continental socialism creeping into Blighty the barriers to entering the market are so high no new businesses are started.

    The theory kinda works but it doesn’t prove what the author wants to prove. It appears I’ve failed to justify this idea.

  11. Imagine spending your life churning out crap like that. Do you have some sort of breakdown when you are fifty and realise you have wasted your entire life?

  12. Ellenbrook is a disaster zone anyway, they forgot to put any public transport there so it’s only occupied by bogans.

  13. Rob,

    For me the breakdown happened when I was still in my late teens. That tends to happen when you realize the lefty politicians, for the American definition of left, are just as bad as the righty politicians at funneling my tax dollars to special interest.

  14. Anybody still think that purging British Uni’s of Marxian teaching scum (and leftist scum in general) is a bad idea?

  15. Yes, Ecksy.

    Instead we want to encase them in lucite as an example of the rewards for reproducing bad ideas. A good place to display the preserved phony liberals is in surrounding the statue of Cecil Rhodes.

    Note that they are still at uni, at least until the next wave of SJWs demand their removal from the history books.

  16. Ontologically… a logic approach… fantasmatic logic…. discourse analysis…

    All of this just says that the study was done without any data, just by analyzing terms and definitions.

  17. You’ve got to admit, it does counterpoint the surrealism of the underlying metaphor.

  18. Matthew L

    “Ellenbrook is a disaster zone anyway, they forgot to put any public transport there so it’s only occupied by bogans.”

    It’s in WA, who the hell else is going to live there, Kangaroos?

  19. TiS,

    In my inebriated state I’m not sure which comment that was directed to.

    Damn subcontractors mixing the blend incorrectly….Honestly I’m just pissed the mistake happened while I am no where near SSM Canada to take advantage of the cock-up before those undervalued bottles get removed from the market.

  20. This thesis ontologically investigates the function of planning in relation to the hegemonic ideology of neoliberalism…

    And thats as far as I got before the bullshit-o-meter caused me to skip to the end of the quoted part. Like for most of the grauniad fake news Tim quotes here.

  21. Rule of thumb: if no-one outside government uses a particular degree course, it can be total and utter crap. The people running the course have zero incentives to fail people, and lots of incentives to pass them.

  22. Just goes to show, in academia you get credit for “clever’ theories, regardless whether the conclusion makes sense.
    I guess nobody could find the actual flaws in the reasoning (who could given the obscure and convoluted presentation) so she gets a pass even though the conclusion is manifest nonsense.

  23. LY – shame on you, sir. Drunk browsing is a slippery, slidey slope. It’s all fun and games till you find yourself unironically reading Owen Jones on how Brexit is homphobic.

  24. I thought that lots of people believe that, Mark Wadsworth does, although not because of neo liberalism

  25. I for one read every word and nodded along like a parcel-shelf Alsatian.

    Please help me.

  26. TiS,

    Well based on how much Jones rails against homophobia I am left wondering if there is something going on in the bedroom I don’t have any reason to care about. If he’s queer he should just be here and not make this big a deal about it. I haven’t made a big deal about my bedroom antics since my first time because I happened to realize it is something that is very common. Batting for the other team isn’t exactly the majority today but, based on the power women think they have and trends in demographics, I wouldn’t be surprised if my grandsons don’t decide that is the best way to go.

    In other words JO, man up and take it like the neutered men we’ve become. I wouldn’t mind providing but you’re not my type intellectually.

  27. “All of this just says that the study was done without any data, just by analyzing terms and definitions”

    Don’t be so goddamn *reductionist*.

    Some theories are just too important to subject to empirical analysis.

  28. LY – Yes, Jonesey’s one of them homeopaths. He’s not exactly gay though, too much of a prim, pasty-faced, pissy little scold with a mouth like a cat’s bumhole, permanently puckered in disapproval.

  29. This takes me back to my university days, when I got an exam question I didn’t know the answer to.

    PLAGIARISM I CLAIM!

  30. Such a wall of text, my brain started turning off.

    One thing, though, housing is not a proper market and does not conform to unmodified economic priciples. From observation, if a builder has a plot and can build ten houses for £100k each or build twenty houses, you don’t get twenty houses for £50k each, you get twenty houses still for £100k each.

  31. When I get an ontological approach I run a mile. Her spurvisor didn’t run fast enough, she got her PhD.

    Now she needs a deontologist to get her head out of her arse. Not on the NHS, go private.

  32. This thesis ontologically investigates the function of planning in relation to the hegemonic ideology of neoliberalism.

    That’s as far as I got… Couldn’t stop laughing.

  33. This leads housing costs to drop below the price necessary for builders to make a profit.

    No, it doesn’t, because most of the cost of a house in the UK is the cost of land with planning permission. This is why the developer who bought my aunt’s house was planning to either knock it down or shrink it, so he could make two houses on the same plot of land/

    If houses aren’t selling for as much money, land will decline in value. Land without planning permission in most of the country is pretty much free.

    And much of the rest of the cost is wages, which can be cut if it’s a choice between lower pay or no work at all. Assuming companies can’t switch to less labour-intensive means of building,

  34. I think that part of the problem with the housing market is that key items of data are missing. We know how many houses are started and completed. We know how many are bought and sold. But we don’t know how many get demolished, or at least I could find no stats. Nor do we know the stock level, which can also change by houses being sub-divided. But there seems nothing illogical in saying that if:

    No existing houses get sub-divided,
    And more houses are demolished than completed,
    Then building more houses could result in a price rise

  35. But there seems nothing illogical in saying that if:

    You are missing the difference between

    “Even though we build more houses, prices will still rise” – cause is the demolishing of old stock &

    “Because we build more houses, the price will rise” which is the actual hypothesis.

  36. SE. Doesn’t it depend on the complexity of the situation? Just isolating one factor is the problem, and most analyses of the housing situation fixate on the construction end without looking at the stock nor at the destruction nor at the repurposing bit. I gave yet to see any analysis of this market that is holistic. So to deride a paper for deemed shortcomings while applauding other papers equally lacking in rigour is not, in my view, something to welcome

  37. She picks two projects out of a million worldwide and claims that her hand-picked projects prove something.
    Er?
    Last year I had a good* race one day and beat an ex-Olympian (who was suffering from food poisoning at the time) – does that mean I should get a place in the Olympics team?
    Any non-Guardian reader will say “Not necessarily”: and would be correct; a few weeks later I had (what seemed to me to be) a fairly good race when a more recent Olympian wasa more than 50% faster. Cherry-picking results are an easy way to lie.
    *It actually was a good performance for me: my best time for the distance for a decade, but …

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  39. In fairness, she seems to be channeling Herbert Marcuse. I suffered through a textbook of his in a political science (sic) class in the early 80’s that had the same chewy dysentery. I took the class because it provided a “breadth” requirement at a convenient time. I kept the book so as to show my children what to avoid at all costs.

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