Public housing in Shanghai: A tool with multiple purposes

Ying Chang, Jie Chen*

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Direct state provision of housing remains an important element of housing regime in many countries. This chapter traces recent experience of public housing development in Shanghai. It focuses the roles of two major public housing programmes, namely Relocation Housing and the new PRH (public rental housing) programme, in Shanghai's recent socio-spatial dynamics. It is shown that the public housing programme in Shanghai is mainly a result of deliberate urban development policy in line with other strategies such as city marketing, and gentrification. Thus we suggest that the Shanghai municipality government appropriates the new public housing regime as institutions to buttress local economic competitiveness. Our analysis is augmented with data from a questionnaire survey of PRH tenants in Shanghai. Finally, we identify challenges for the future development of public housing sector in China.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Future of Public Housing
Subtitle of host publicationOngoing Trends in the East and the West
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783642416224
ISBN (Print)3642416217, 9783642416217
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013


  • Housing policy
  • Public housing
  • Shanghai
  • Urban development


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