The process of commercialisation of urban housing in China

Ya Ping Wang, Alan Murie

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    The role of the state in housing has been the subject of controversial debate recently in China. More and more decision-makers consider that the supply of housing should be left to market forces of demand and supply. Various new policies have been introduced from as early as 1979, designed to commercialise and reform the public-sector-dominated housing system. This paper provides a review of housing reforms and a systematic account of the key features of the commercialisation process. It focuses principally on the attempts to privatise public-sector housing in urban areas in the context of the major characteristics and problems of the urban housing system, the development of reform policies and legislation and current reform practice.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)971-989
    Number of pages19
    JournalUrban Studies
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 1996


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