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Socialist urban housing policies and distributive relations in China and the Soviet Union

by Leslie Kriebel

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Distribution of housing in China and Soviet Union   (2010-02-24)

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by LeslieKriebel

ABSTRACT: This study traces housing policy and history in China and the Soviet Union and highlights the ways in which official goals have or have not influenced the de facto distribution of housing.  It is argued that contrary to communist rhetoric, housing has not been treated as a universal right but a privilege of official position, and the subsequent inequalities in housing distribution in both socialist countries reflects this fact. The thesis introduces the concept of informal distributive power and shows how an understanding of this concept is critical to understanding reform and transformation, as well as the structural  and institutional obstacles that lie ahead in both countries if a formal housing market is to be established.




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