The New Affordable and Social Housing Provision System in China: Implications for Comparative Housing Studies

Ya Ping Wang, Alan Murie

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    Abstract

    The dramatic changes in urban housing provision in China after 1980 have been
    widely described and assessed. This paper updates earlier accounts of policy change in China and reflects upon the significance of these changes for theoretical and conceptual frameworks used in comparative housing studies. Housing privatisation and commercialisation transformed the Chinese socialist housing system into a dynamic housing market but new housing problems characteristic of market economies have emerged. Government at the national level has responded by developing new policies to support affordable and social housing; and at local level various new housing provision schemes have been tested, but their scale and impact have been limited because of the priority given by the local state to economic growth and securing local land related revenues. This paper suggests that the new phase of policy involves a distinctive hybrid approach rather than convergence on familiar market based, residual or corporatist approaches.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-254
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Housing Policy
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
    EventInternational Symposium on Social and Affordable Housing - Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
    Duration: 1 Jun 201110 Jun 2011

    Keywords

    • China
    • comparative housing
    • housing reform
    • affordable and social housing

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