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TitleReassembling the state in urban China
 
AuthorsXu, J2
Wang, JJ1
 
KeywordsPlanning
Recentralisation
Regulation
Scales
The State
Urban China
 
Issue Date2012
 
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/APV
 
CitationAsia Pacific Viewpoint, 2012, v. 53 n. 1, p. 7-20 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8373.2012.01472.x
 
AbstractNeoliberalism has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since the early 1970s. In China, neoliberal ideas are growing fast, even as it festers and stagnates in capitalist economies. To capture this process, many scholars have extensively studied market politics in China, demonstrating how state functions are rearticulated downwards and outwards to allow local discretion and market formation. The result is a burly wave of urban entrepreneurialism, which becomes a key municipal strategy to enhance place-specific, socio-economic assets. However, such arguments neglect a counter-trend in which the state has deterritorialised and recentralised some key functions. This paper draws on two cases in urban land administration and state planning regulation to argue that state functions are being reassembled as a new post-crisis political instrument to reassert the functional importance of top-down regulatory control. Economic decentralization is now counterbalanced by the rise of state strategies to control the articulation of scales through which a more centrally consolidated power can be achieved. Rather than viewing markets as taking over the state and local territorial discretion overshadowing hierarchical administration, the paper emphasises the important role of state and top-down regulation in the current post-crisis context under transition. © 2012 Victoria University of Wellington.
 
ISSN1360-7456
2012 Impact Factor: 0.771
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.544
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8373.2012.01472.x
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000302351100002
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.date.issued2012
 
dc.description.abstractNeoliberalism has become dominant in both thought and practice throughout much of the world since the early 1970s. In China, neoliberal ideas are growing fast, even as it festers and stagnates in capitalist economies. To capture this process, many scholars have extensively studied market politics in China, demonstrating how state functions are rearticulated downwards and outwards to allow local discretion and market formation. The result is a burly wave of urban entrepreneurialism, which becomes a key municipal strategy to enhance place-specific, socio-economic assets. However, such arguments neglect a counter-trend in which the state has deterritorialised and recentralised some key functions. This paper draws on two cases in urban land administration and state planning regulation to argue that state functions are being reassembled as a new post-crisis political instrument to reassert the functional importance of top-down regulatory control. Economic decentralization is now counterbalanced by the rise of state strategies to control the articulation of scales through which a more centrally consolidated power can be achieved. Rather than viewing markets as taking over the state and local territorial discretion overshadowing hierarchical administration, the paper emphasises the important role of state and top-down regulation in the current post-crisis context under transition. © 2012 Victoria University of Wellington.
 
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dc.identifier.citationAsia Pacific Viewpoint, 2012, v. 53 n. 1, p. 7-20 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8373.2012.01472.x
 
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dc.subjectPlanning
 
dc.subjectRecentralisation
 
dc.subjectRegulation
 
dc.subjectScales
 
dc.subjectThe State
 
dc.subjectUrban China
 
dc.titleReassembling the state in urban China
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong