Strategizing urbanism in the era of neoliberalization: State power reshuffling, land development and municipal finance in urbanizing China

George Chu Sheng LIN, Xun LI, Fan Fiona YANG, Zhiyong HU

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Abstract

This paper examines the new dynamism of China’s urbanization in which urbanism has been actively pursued by municipal governments as a strategy to negotiate and contest with the new power relations established by the post-reform regime in the era of neoliberalization. The research identifies the salient features of urbanization and urban land development since the 1990s, probes into their social and political origins, and evaluates the effects of Chinese urban revolutions from above on economic growth, regional inequality and social volatility. The data analysed include those gathered from the national level and from the Guangzhou metropolis in southern China. The interwoven processes of state power reshuffling, urban land development and municipal finance in contemporary China are believed to have constituted a significant and controversial case for critical evaluation of the political origins of urban revolutions in the age of global urbanism and their uneven socioeconomic consequences. Copyright © 2014 Urban Studies Journal Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1962-1982
JournalUrban Studies
Volume52
Issue number11
Early online dateJan 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015

Citation

Lin, G. C. S., Li, X., Yang, F. F., & Hu, F. Z. Y. (2015). Strategizing urbanism in the era of neoliberalization: State power reshuffling, land development and municipal finance in urbanizing China. Urban Studies, 52(11), 1962-1982. doi: 10.1177/0042098013513644

Keywords

  • China
  • Land development
  • Local public finance
  • Neoliberalization
  • Political economy
  • Urbanism

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