First published in 1999, this volume aims to explore the impact of China’s recent economic reforms and dynamic economic progress on land use, the property market and construction activity under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping until his death in 1997. Following the famine and bloody mayhem of Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping took on the task of piecing the country back together to once more become a leading world economy. Here, Jean Jinghan Chen and David Wills concentrate on his reforms and progress, examining at what point power can be said to have passed from Deng Xiaoping to Jiang Zemin, to what extent Deng’s political philosophy remained in place under the new government and what this means for China’s economic reforms on land, property and construction. The authors provide a view on how management of the physical environment needs to be considered in the context of economic progress to achieve sustainable development.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction. 2. Urban Land Management in China: Completing the Policy Agenda. 3. Development of Urban Land Policies in China. 4. China’s Land Reform and the Establishment of a Property Market: Problems and Prospects. 5. Pricing of Land in China’s Reforms. 6. The Impact of China’s Economic Reforms upon the Construction Industry. 7. Foreign Investment in the Construction Industry. 8. Social Cost Benefit Analysis of China’s Construction Investment. 9. Pioneer Urban Housing Reform in China. 10. Sustainable Development: A Sino-British Comparison.
Dr Jean Jinghan CHEN is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Land and Construction Management, Faculty of the Environment, the University of Greenwich. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics at Lancaster University in 1992 and has been an active researcher and the author of more than 20 publications in the field of the Chinese Economy, Development Economics, Multinational Enterprises, Construction Economics and Management and Property Investment and Management. She has also engaged in consultancy work for major international donors and government agencies including the World Bank, the European Union, the Department for International Development and the Chinese Central and Provincial Governments. Professor David Wills is the Dean of Faculty of the Environment and formerly the Director of Natural Resources Institute at the University of Greenwich. He is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. He has written many articles in the field of Surveying, Construction Economics and Management. He first worked in China twenty years ago and, throughout the intervening years, has continued to work in several Chinese provinces and cities, and with many Chinese organisations and institutions. He has observed the economic transformation in China and seen the impact on the lives of many millions of people.