Work of Claus Offe on advanced capitalist state on its application to the public housing policy of Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-300
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal for Housing Science and Its Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


Claus Offe describes 'state' as an agent of the ruling class in advanced capitalism. He puts it that state has two roles to play, allocative and productive. The provision of public housing is one of the roles of production function. The function of the state is to selectively operate against anti-capitalist interest, and perform a legitimating role which serves to deny such bias. State is involved in crises of crisis management. Throughout the 50s and 60s the Government of Hong Kong reacted to the crisis of public housing demand by building a large number of cheap and small resettlment units. Offe's theory of state intervention as crisis management is well demonstrated.