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Article: Decoding urban land governance: State reconstruction in contemporary chinese cities

TitleDecoding urban land governance: State reconstruction in contemporary chinese cities
Authors
KeywordsGovernance approach
Political power
Urban development
Decentralization
State role
Issue Date2009
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.. The Journal's web site is located at http://usj.sagepub.com/
Citation
Urban Studies, 2009, v. 46 n. 3, p. 559-581 How to Cite?
Abstract
In the rapidly growing literature on urban development in China, many authors have emphasised the salient features of economic decentralisation and the increasingly significant role of the local state. However, such arguments neglect a counter-trend in which the central state has deterritorialised and rehierarchised some key functions. Using the case of land governance, this paper argues that facing the complication of changing urban conditions, there is a resurgence of the state's regulatory power. The decentralisation of economic governance is now counter-balanced by the rise of state strategies to control the articulation of scales through which a more centrally consolidated power can be achieved. The central government still serves as an important level of economic regulation. In this sense, new interpretations of commoditised urban transformation, especially commoditised production of the built environment, should be understood by underscoring the interplay between trends of decentralisation and territorialisation and counter-trends of recentralisation and hierarchisation. © 2009 Urban Studies Journal Limited.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/127630
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong
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dc.contributor.authorJiang, Xen_HK
dc.contributor.authorYeh, Aen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-31T13:36:41Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-31T13:36:41Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationUrban Studies, 2009, v. 46 n. 3, p. 559-581en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0042-0980en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/127630-
dc.description.abstractIn the rapidly growing literature on urban development in China, many authors have emphasised the salient features of economic decentralisation and the increasingly significant role of the local state. However, such arguments neglect a counter-trend in which the central state has deterritorialised and rehierarchised some key functions. Using the case of land governance, this paper argues that facing the complication of changing urban conditions, there is a resurgence of the state's regulatory power. The decentralisation of economic governance is now counter-balanced by the rise of state strategies to control the articulation of scales through which a more centrally consolidated power can be achieved. The central government still serves as an important level of economic regulation. In this sense, new interpretations of commoditised urban transformation, especially commoditised production of the built environment, should be understood by underscoring the interplay between trends of decentralisation and territorialisation and counter-trends of recentralisation and hierarchisation. © 2009 Urban Studies Journal Limited.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd.. The Journal's web site is located at http://usj.sagepub.com/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofUrban Studiesen_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsUrban Studies. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.-
dc.subjectGovernance approach-
dc.subjectPolitical power-
dc.subjectUrban development-
dc.subjectDecentralization-
dc.subjectState role-
dc.titleDecoding urban land governance: State reconstruction in contemporary chinese citiesen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailYeh, A: hdxugoy@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0042098008100995en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume46en_HK
dc.identifier.issue3en_HK
dc.identifier.spage559en_HK
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dc.identifier.eissn1360-063X-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridJiang, X=36928929300en_HK
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