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The Great Urban Leap? On the Local Political Economy of Rural Urbanisation in China

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Meyer-Clement, Elena

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Abstract This paper provides insights into the local political economy of China’s current in situ urbanisation as compared to the 1980s and 1990s, focusing on the role played by county and township governments in shaping urbanisation in their localities. Marked differences were observed in the extent to which local cadres are able to steer the urbanisation process and adapt the relevant policies to local conditions and demands of the population. If leading county and township cadres are able to assert a relatively autonomous position vis-à-vis the superior municipality, a rural urbanisation process that considers both urban and rural interests and integrates local economic initiatives seems to become a potential alternative to the prevailing city-centred urban expansionism. (author's abstract)
Keywords China; rural area; rural development; urbanization; local elite; political elite; policy implementation; political administrative system; political power; political economy; Far East
Classification Rural Sociology; Political System, Constitution, Government
Document language English
Publication Year 2016
Page/Pages p. 109-139
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 45 (2016) 1
Issue topic Policy Implementation in the New Socialist Countryside
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-NoDerivs