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Welfare through regulatory means: eviction and repossession policies in Singapore*

Haber, Hanan, Kosti, Nir and Levi-Faur, David (2019) Welfare through regulatory means: eviction and repossession policies in Singapore*. Housing Studies, 34 (3). pp. 407-424. ISSN 0267-3037

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Identification Number: 10.1080/02673037.2018.1447095

Abstract

The study and provision of welfare have long been synonymous with direct social spending. The provision of welfare through regulatory means poses a complementary perspective to the study of social policy. In this context, this paper focuses on policies aimed at preventing mortgage borrowers’ eviction and repossession in Singapore, a world leader in state-led owner occupancy but a welfare laggard in terms of social spending. The findings show a disparity between a high rate of arrears on housing credit, and a low level of eviction and repossession. We test several explanations for this disparity, and argue that it is the result of policy aiming to minimize eviction and repossessions. This policy is driven by institutional interdependencies within the state, which have tied citizens’ housing credit to other aspects of their individual welfare savings. The findings shed light on the central role of regulation in welfare.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Government
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 09:27
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 05:37
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102079

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