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The phenomenon of trust in flat owners' collective renovation strategies in Estonia

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Ojamäe, Liis; Paadam, Katrin

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Abstract Mobilising flat owners into renovating residential blocks in post-socialist countries has been a complicated process. Evidence from Estonia shows that the success of collective renewal strategies depends not only on economic issues but also on ways investments are organised and, signifi cantly, the relationship of trust between diff erent actors. The paper aims at conceptualising the issue of institutional trust upon the experience of urban housing renewal in Estonia. It is contended that trust is crucial for the joint decision-making in a block as well as for facilitating negotiations between fl at owners' associations, local municipalities and market actors. The paper draws on three qualitative studies conducted in Estonia during the 2000s, which allow asserting that trust towards new strategies of housing renewal can be achieved and maintained by "best practices", which by concentrating expert knowledge also denote direct communication between experts and fl at owners. While it is important to raise the residents' technical knowledgeability, it is indispensable to develop abilities to process between diff erent parties. The public sector is conceived to be a central actor in sustaining trust between actors who have no previous positive experience from collective residential strategies.
Keywords Estonia; apartment ownership; renovation; investment; confidence; measure; collective
Classification Sociology of Settlements and Housing, Urban Sociology
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 31-45
Journal Studies of Transition States and Societies, 7 (2015) 2
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution