Adequate Housing and the Welfare State:
Comparing Struggles in Urban China and India
This project examines the government response to urban housing needs in China and India, the world’s largest authoritarian and democratic countries, respectively, experiencing urbanization and rural-to-urban migration.
Access to adequate housing in urban areas is a pressing global issue. The challenge is especially daunting for China and India, given their huge populations, as well as their ongoing processes of urbanization and rural-to-urban migration. Both China and India—the world’s largest authoritarian and democratic countries, respectively—have come up with ambitious national policies to cope with their urban housing needs. Early evidence has revealed significant differences between the two countries in terms of policy formation and implementation. This project seeks to explain how political regime, economic development, and social organizations shape provision of adequate housing.
Partner Affiliations In China and India
School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University (China)
RV College of Architecture (India)