1st Edition

China’s Greater Bay Area Agglomeration, External Economies, Governance and Urbanization

By Jerry Patchell Copyright 2024
    306 Pages 97 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 97 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    China’s Greater Bay Area (GBA) – previously referred to as the Pearl River Delta – is one of the world’s largest mega-city regions and China’s foremost technological, economic, social and cultural node. Patchell integrates agglomeration concepts with the GBA’s distinctive features to explain the region’s rise, innovativeness, and resilience. He reveals how the GBA works as differentiated and interdependent systems, providing a window into the GBA and China, while also providing the basis for a comparative approach to mega-cities and mega-regions.

    Key topics discussed in the book include:

    • The early development of the GBA, its mix of indigenous and exogenous investments and expertise and the forces that compelled its upgrading from process manufacturing
    • The regional strengths in clusters, transportation networks and regional innovation system
    • The role of multi-level governance in balancing national directives, municipal autonomy and regional complementarities
    • Consequences of the GBA’s agglomeration for land allocation, planning, social structure and mobility, communities, sustainable development and resilience for the future

    Written in an accessible yet rigorous manner, this textbook is ideal for a course on this important region, for comparative courses on agglomeration and large-scale urban development and for people wanting a greater understanding of urban processes and China.

    Part 1 Introduction 1. Purposes and Processes of the GBA  Part 2 Culture Generation and Transmission  2. Lingnan and Its Culture  Part 3 External Economies  3. Crossing Many Rivers  4. Clusters and Regional Coordination  5. Spatial Interactions and Networks  6. Regional Innovation Systems  Part 4 Governance 7. Many Systems, One Region  Part 5 Urbanisation  8. People: Origins, Residency and Rights  9. The Built Environment  10. Social Structures and Mobility  11. Communities and Culture  12. Sustainable Development  13. GBA Futures: Resilience Through Agglomeration



    Jerry Patchell is Associate Professor in the Division of Social Science, Environment and Sustainability, and Public Policy at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

    I was impressed when I read China’s Greater Bay Area by Jerry Patchell, a passionate scholar. As an academic with research interests in the Greater Bay Area (GBA), this book moved me with its abundant and informative details which are intellectually inspiring and handy. The book is a fantastic read that guides us to explore the historical roots and contemporary growth of the GBA. It deserves a place in your bookshelf! 

    Professor Jiang Xu, Faculty of Social Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong