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State policy in low-cost housing provision in Southeast Asian developing countries: a systematic review

Andrew Ebekozien (School of Housing, Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Malaysia) (Bekos Energy Services Limited, Ikorodu, Nigeria) (Bowen Partnership, Quantity Surveying Consultant Firm, Benin City, Nigeria)
Abdul-Rashid Abdul-Aziz (School of Housing, Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Malaysia) (Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Malaysia)
Mastura Jaafar (School of Housing, Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Malaysia)

Property Management

ISSN: 0263-7472

Article publication date: 22 December 2020

Issue publication date: 28 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Studies showed that policy influences housing provision. The review of these policies in the Southeast Asia's is possibly not yet adequate because of recent gap in housing demand-supply across the region. This review evaluates the state policy in low-cost housing (LCH) provision in Southeast Asian developing countries reported in published studies.

Design/methodology/approach

An electronic search (ScienceDirect, Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar) was conducted using the following search terms: “Low-Cost Housing policy in Southeast Asia.” Reference list of identified studies was scanned to identify more studies. Studies published between 1991 and 2020 that focused either on the region or country within the region were selected. An independent reviewer extracted data from the studies using a standardised form and 27 studies were included in this review.

Findings

LCH developing countries experience, encumbrances and measures to mitigate LCH demand-supply gap in Southeast Asia were the issues addressed from the reviewed. Findings from the studies indicate that the level of lax state policy and enforcement of LCH varies across nations.

Research limitations/implications

Findings and recommendations of this paper were based on systematically reviewed literature but does not compromise the robustness regarding state policy in low-cost housing provision in Southeast Asian developing countries. Thus, exploratory sequential mixed methods approach has been recommended as part of the implications for future research.

Practical implications

As part of the practical implications, this paper highlights the mechanism behind the success of Singapore LCH policy and transferability of the model to the developing countries within and outside the region, and open up the possibility to adopt these policies.

Originality/value

This study is probably the first systematic review on low-cost housing in Southeast Asia.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Universiti Sains Malaysia [1001/PPBGN/816296]. Also, the authors would like to extend their appreciation to the reviewers and editor for their comments. Lastly, special thanks to Elder (Engr.) Austine Ebekozien (Managing Director, Bekos Energy Services Limited, Nigeria) for his support to the lead author's PhD programme.

Citation

Ebekozien, A., Abdul-Aziz, A.-R. and Jaafar, M. (2021), "State policy in low-cost housing provision in Southeast Asian developing countries: a systematic review", Property Management, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 392-407. https://doi.org/10.1108/PM-05-2020-0034

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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