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China's Great Urbanization

1st Edition

Edited by Zheng Yongnian, Zhao Litao, Sarah Y. Tong


278 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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China’s extraordinary economic boom since the late 1970s has been accompanied by massive urbanization, with the proportion of the population living in cities rising from 18% in 1978 to 54% in 2014.  Currently the Chinese government has amongst its objectives the target to increase this to 60% by 2020, and also to improve the quality of China’s cities.  This book examines a wide range of issues connected to China’s urbanization.  It considers the many problems which have come with rapid urbanization, including urban housing problems, difficulties affecting rural migrants in urban areas, and a lack of social protection. It examines areas of current reform, including land reform, shanty town renewal and moves to address environmental problems. It explores governance issues, and throughout assesses how urbanization in China is likely to develop in future.

Table of Contents

Introduction ZHONG Yongnian, ZHAO Litao, and Sarah Y TONG Part I Development Policies and Industrial Development 1. Urbanization as a new engine for future growth Shantong Li, Jianwu He, Sanmang Wu, Huanxiang Li, and Fujia Li 2. Urbanization and urban-rural consumption divide Li Chunling Part II Social development in China’s urbanization3. Making housing affordable in an urbanizing China Li Bingqin, 4. Re-assessing informal migration and urbanization in China Zhao Min and Chen Chen 5. Social programs for urban working class in China: unemployment insurance and minimum livelihood guarantee scheme Qian Jiwei Part III Land and rural development 6. The issue of land in China’s transition and urbanization Tao Ran 7. Urbanization and emerging urban land use patterns Ding Chengri and Yi Niu 8. Rural land consolidation in China Zhong Sheng, 9. Rural migration and rural development Zhang Li, Li Wei, and Cu Su 10. Why is a free and competitive land market indispensable for China to resolve the rural-urban duality through endogenous urbanization? James G Wen Part IV Urban planning and governance 11. Assessing China’s Shantytown regeneration program ZHOU Zhihua 12. Exploring the vision and strategy of intelligent cities in China Xu Qingrui, Wu Zhiyan, and Siyu Liu 13. Awakening environment consciousness challenging municipal governance Chen Gang

About the Editors

Zheng Yongnian is Professor and Director of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

Zhao Litao is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian institute, National University of Singapore.

Sarah Y. Tong is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.

About the Series

China Policy Series

With the rise of China and its impact on the world, interest in China has increased drastically in recent years. This series focuses on policy-oriented research and scholarly works with policy implications, on all aspects of contemporary Chinese economy, politics, society, environment, journalism and cultures.  It also covers China’s foreign relations with major international organizations such as the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and World Bank, and major powers such as the United States, European Union (and its member states), Japan and others.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General