Journal of Housing and the Built Environment

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 581–583 | Cite as

J. Doling and R. Ronald (eds): Housing East Asia: socioeconomic and demographic challenges

Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, 2014, ISBN: 9780230358584
  • Jie Chen
Book Review

This book is a strong addition to comparative housing research. The authors of individual chapters are all recognized experts and several are prominent in the field. Each chapter of the book demonstrates rigorous scholarship. While the first chapter of this book offers a theoretic framework, the rest covers nine major economic bodies in the region with one chapter exclusively devoted to one country/region: mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Housing regimes in East Asia are quite diverse. Nonetheless, they are alike in terms of forms and motivations of government intervention (Chen et al. 2014). The editors of this book, John Doling and Richard Ronald, show in the introductory chapter that national housing systems in East Asia share an important common to use housing development as a means to drive urban development and economic growth. Particularly, the editors elaborate the rationales of why the provision of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Real Estate Research and School of Public Economics and AdministrationShanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE)ShanghaiChina

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