Singapore's successful public housing programme is a source of political legitimacy for the ruling People's Action Party. Beng-Huat Chua accounts for the success of public housing in Singapore and draws out lessons for other nations. Housing in Singapore, he explains in this incisive analysis, is seen neither as a consumer good (as in the US) nor as a social right (as in the social democracies of Europe). The author goes on to look at the ways in which Singapore's planners have dealt with the problems of creating communities in a modern urban environment. He concludes that the success of the public housing programme has done much for Singapore.
"A major strength of this book is that it is not just a case study of a successful public housing program... [T]he Singapore public housing story is of heuristic value because there are lessons to be learnt in taking a comparative stance."
-K. C. Ho, National University of Singapore, "Pacific Affairs at the Housing Development board, the