"This paper will attempt to examine some issues in housing theory and policy in the wake of transformation trends in the nature of the modern Welfare State. Public housing and its concommitant ideology has been one of the hallmarks of this socio-political formation and with the current slide towards the "shrinking of the State", it is perhaps worthwhile to look at what this implies for the future of housing. In particular, we wish to re-examine the relevancy of studies aimed at devising evaluative criteria for the quality of housing, in view of the re-comodification strategies of the State. In general, this question can be situated in a discussion of the basic issues of housing production, tenure and rights, as we move away from state interventions to a more consumer oriented market."