Housing Policy in the Context of Globalization: Case Studies of Hong Kong and Sweden
14 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2008 Last revised: 26 May 2015
Hong Kong and Sweden have been regarded as two different welfare regimes. Hong Kong has well been typology as a liberal regime whereas Sweden has long been typology as a social democratic regime. Yet, when we look into the content of specific policy area, we will find that both Hong Kong and Sweden cannot be simply classified as liberal regime or social democratic regime. For instance, it is surprisingly that 49% of population are living in public housing in Hong Kong such a liberal regime. Aiming at compare housing policy within these two countries to find out their similarities and differences this paper is divided into four parts, the first part briefly describes the welfare system of Hong Kong and Sweden. The second part reviews the similarities and differences of housing policy in these two welfare systems. The third part analyzes the similarities and differences using Esping-Andersen's regime model. However, as Esping-Andersen's regime model is not enough for us to explain the similarities and differences of these two welfare regime, two other models will also be used. The two models are Ian Holliday's productivist world model (2000) and neo-liberalism of international political economy. The last part discusses the effects of globalization on both welfare systems as well as the conclusion.
Keywords: Housing policy, Globalization, Hong Kong, Sweden
JEL Classification: H31, H55, R20
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