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Peri-Urban China Land Use, Growth, and Integrated Urban–Rural Development

By Li Tian, Yan Guo Copyright 2019
    232 Pages
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The urban-rural relationship in China is key to a sustainable global future. This book is particularly interested in peri-urbanization in China, the process by which fringe areas of cities develop.

    Recent institutional change has helped clarify property rights over collective land, facilitating peri-urban area development. Chapters in this book explore how rural industrialization has changed the landscape and rules about land use in peri-urban areas. It looks at the role of rural industrialization and provides a detailed exploration of peri-urbanization theory, policy, and its evolution in China. Leading discussions find out how fragmented bottom-up industrialization, urbanization, and lax governance have led to a series of social and environmental problems. The progress in redevelopment of peri-urban areas was initially slow due to the spatial lock-in effect. This book offers practical solutions to environmental issues and explains how policymakers have the potential to redevelop a future collaborative, inclusive, and sustainable approach to peri-urban areas.

    This in-depth approach to urbanization will be useful to academics in urban planning and governmental organizations. It will also be advantageous to NGOs and professionals involved in urban planning, public administration, as well as land-use work in China and other developing countries.

    1. Introduction  

    2. Theories and Debates on Urban-rural Development 

    3. Evolution of Urban-rural Relationship and Peri-urban Areas Development in China 

    4. Industrialization, Fragmented Peri-urbanization, and Land-Use Dynamics 

    5. Land Development under Institutional Uncertainty and Land Rent Seeking in Peri-urban Areas

    6. Institutional Change to Redevelop Peri-urban Areas and Spatial Lock-in

    7. Towards Compact and Integrated Urban-rural Development in China


    Li Tian is a professor in Urban Planning at Tsinghua University, China.

    Yan Guo is an associate professor in Urban Planning at Wuhan University, China