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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2001): Social Housing - Overseas

EMBEDDED TENURES: PRIVATE RENTING AND HOUSING POLICY IN SURAT, INDIA

S. Kumar

Housing Studies, Vol.16, 2001, p.425-442

Article looks at the importance and significance of rental housing in poorer countries. It discusses why ownership is preferred despite attempts to broaden the range of tenure options. The paper suggests that this is a result of "economic, social and political processes, embedded in the relations of production exchange and consumption of rental housing".

HOUSING POLICY, WEALTH FORMATION AND THE SINGAPORE ECONOMY

S.Y. Phang

Housing Studies, Vol.16, 2001, p.443-459

This paper provides some background to past housing policies and traces the linkages to the financial sector in Singapore. It discusses:

  • the development of the housing loan market;
  • housing policy as effected through the Housing and Development Board and the Central Provident Fund (C.P.F.);
  • housing policy and household wealth and the economic effects of the housing sector as a whole.

AN INSTITUTIONAL APPROACH TO ANALYSIS OF STATE CAPACITY IN HOUSING SYSTEMS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD: CASE STUDIES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND COSTA RICA

P. Jenkins and H. Smith

Housing Studies, Vol.16, 2001, p.485-507

Focusing on the constraints that state capacity can have on state-society relations, this paper looks at the broader context of negotiations between the state, the market and society on housing policy and delivery issues. It uses South Africa and Costa Rica as case studies and examines their institutional, economic, political, administrative and technical capacities as states in transition.

THE LONG ROAD TO HOUSING SECTOR REFORM: LESSONS FROM THE CHILEAN HOUSING EXPERIENCE

E. Rojas

Housing Studies, Vol.16, 2001, p.461-483

Paper examines the housing policy of Chile which is widely regarded as a success. Looking back at the last fifty years of housing sector development in Chile, the paper discusses:

  • the evolution of housing policy; the integrated approach;
  • the land invasions in the 1960s and early 1970s
  • the liberal reform agenda of the 1970s.
It examines the three tier housing finance and production system which generated government produced housing, government assisted housing and some privately financed housing. It concludes by highlighting some of the lessons that can be learned from the experience of Chile.