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Article: The sustainability dilemma of China's township and village enterprises: an analysis from spatial and functional perspectives

TitleThe sustainability dilemma of China's township and village enterprises: an analysis from spatial and functional perspectives
Authors
KeywordsRural Development In China
Spatial Function Division
Township And Village Enterprises
Issue Date2002
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jrurstud
Citation
Journal Of Rural Studies, 2002, v. 18 n. 3, p. 257-273 How to Cite?
AbstractThe spectacular development of China's township and village enterprises (TVEs) has been highly praised by both Chinese and western scholars. The TVEs and rural non-agricultural sector were widely regarded as the most dynamic sector in the Chinese economy during the reform era. However, such a successful story and optimistic view had changed tone since 1997, seemingly from the robust boom to a deep recession. Evidently, China's present TVEs development must be confronted by deep-seated problems that created the fundamental sustainability dilemma. To better understand China's unusual process of TVEs development, this paper focuses on the sustainability dilemma from the functional and spatial perspectives. It analyses the internal conflicts between TVEs development and agricultural production and explains why the present mode of China's TVEs development cannot be sustained. Within the rural economy, agricultural production and the TVEs themselves have created severe conflicts that have led to a fundamental sustainability dilemma: further encouragement of TVEs or maintaining a stable agricultural output, especially of food supply. The underlying causes for the sustainability dilemma are diagnosed, primarily based on a consideration of functional and spatial division. The paper argues that the conflict is inevitable due to the dysfunctional nature created by TVEs in the rural sector. That is, farmers simultaneously perform two different functions: agriculture and industry, both of which should be functionally and spatially separated. According to Lewis's Two-sector Structural-change Model, this paper attempts to seek a possible solution that aims at an overall functional clarification between the urban and rural sectors. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/157836
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.206
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.284
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dc.contributor.authorZhao, SXBen_US
dc.contributor.authorWong, KKKen_US
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dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Rural Studies, 2002, v. 18 n. 3, p. 257-273en_US
dc.identifier.issn0743-0167en_US
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dc.description.abstractThe spectacular development of China's township and village enterprises (TVEs) has been highly praised by both Chinese and western scholars. The TVEs and rural non-agricultural sector were widely regarded as the most dynamic sector in the Chinese economy during the reform era. However, such a successful story and optimistic view had changed tone since 1997, seemingly from the robust boom to a deep recession. Evidently, China's present TVEs development must be confronted by deep-seated problems that created the fundamental sustainability dilemma. To better understand China's unusual process of TVEs development, this paper focuses on the sustainability dilemma from the functional and spatial perspectives. It analyses the internal conflicts between TVEs development and agricultural production and explains why the present mode of China's TVEs development cannot be sustained. Within the rural economy, agricultural production and the TVEs themselves have created severe conflicts that have led to a fundamental sustainability dilemma: further encouragement of TVEs or maintaining a stable agricultural output, especially of food supply. The underlying causes for the sustainability dilemma are diagnosed, primarily based on a consideration of functional and spatial division. The paper argues that the conflict is inevitable due to the dysfunctional nature created by TVEs in the rural sector. That is, farmers simultaneously perform two different functions: agriculture and industry, both of which should be functionally and spatially separated. According to Lewis's Two-sector Structural-change Model, this paper attempts to seek a possible solution that aims at an overall functional clarification between the urban and rural sectors. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/jrurstuden_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Rural Studiesen_US
dc.subjectRural Development In Chinaen_US
dc.subjectSpatial Function Divisionen_US
dc.subjectTownship And Village Enterprisesen_US
dc.titleThe sustainability dilemma of China's township and village enterprises: an analysis from spatial and functional perspectivesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0743-0167(02)00005-0en_US
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