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TitleDecoding urban land governance: State reconstruction in contemporary chinese cities
 
AuthorsJiang, X2
Yeh, A1
 
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/
 
CitationUrban Studies, 2009, v. 46 n. 3, p. 559-581 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098008100995
 
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.
 
ISSN0042-0980
2012 Impact Factor: 1.493
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098008100995
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000208148200004
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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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.
 
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dc.identifier.citationUrban Studies, 2009, v. 46 n. 3, p. 559-581 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0042098008100995
 
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dc.rightsUrban Studies. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.
 
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dc.subjectGovernance approach
 
dc.subjectPolitical power
 
dc.subjectUrban development
 
dc.subjectDecentralization
 
dc.subjectState role
 
dc.titleDecoding urban land governance: State reconstruction in contemporary chinese cities
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong