While patterns of housing policy, production and occupation are quite diverse, housing interventions in developed East Asian economies have historically focused on high volume housing output targeted at economically productive, male-headed family households.
This focus has been associated with the demands of ‘developmental’ states and ‘productivist’ welfare regimes characteristic of the region. Volume and speed of housing construction has been exceptional compared to Europe and North American societies reflecting the abilities of development orientated governments to appropriate land and mobilize the resources of public agencies and private corporations in the supply of new housing.
Nonetheless, in recent years there has been evidence of significant reorientations in housing approaches in some contexts, often in harmony with welfare regime shifts and, in some cases, in line with the emergence of a ‘postdevelopmental state’.
This working paper is no longer available. It was published as the first book chapter in an edited volume by John Doling & Richard Ronald: