Title

The future for reluctant intervention : the prospects for Hong Kong’s public rental sector

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Housing Studies

Publication Date

5-1-2014

Volume

29

Issue

4

First Page

551

Last Page

565

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

Public Rental Housing, Neoliberalism, Hong Kong, Social Mix, Social Theory

Abstract

The growth and resilience of Hong Kong's public rental sector has occurred in the context of an apparent guiding political ethos of minimal and reluctant intervention. This paper offers an account of why this has occurred. A brief account of economic change and housing policy development over the last three decades is followed by an analysis of changes in the social role and social composition of the tenure. This discussion is complemented by some new data on current popular attitudes towards public rental housing in Hong Kong. The paper then explores various theoretical perspectives to provide an explanation of why it has remained as a substantial part of Hong Kong's housing system and points to the key drivers that will shape its future role and trajectory. The empirical data are drawn mainly from an analysis of five waves of the census and a survey of 3000 adults across all housing sectors.

DOI

10.1080/02673037.2013.878020

Print ISSN

02673037

E-ISSN

14661810

Funding Information

The work described in this paper was fully supported by a grant from the Central Policy Unit of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Research Grants Council of the Special Administrative Region, China [project number CityU 1003-PPR-09].

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Recommended Citation

Forrest, R., Yip, N.-M. (2014). The future for reluctant intervention: The prospects for Hong Kong’s public rental sector. Housing Studies, 29(4), 551-565. doi: 10.1080/02673037.2013.878020