1st Edition

Urban Development in Post-Reform China State, Market, and Space

By Fulong Wu, Jiang Xu, Anthony Gar-On Yeh Copyright 2007
    368 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Radically reoriented under market reform, Chinese cities present both the landscapes of the First and Third World, and are increasingly playing a critical role in the country’s economic development. Yet, radical marketization co-exists with the ever-presence of state control. Exploring the interaction of China’s market development, state regulation and the resulting transformation and creation of new urban spaces, this innovative, key book provides the first integrated treatment of China’s urban development in the dynamic market transition.

    Focusing on land and housing development, the authors, all renowned authorities in this field, show how the market has been ‘created’ under post-reform urban conditions, and examine ‘the state in action’, highlighting how changing urban governance towards local entrepreneurial state facilitates market formation. A significant, original contribution, they highlight the key actors and their institutional contexts.

    China has been very successful in using urban land development as an economic growth engine, and here the authors investigate complex interactions between the market and state in creating this new urbanism. Taking a unique perspective, they marshal original ideas and empirical work based on field studies and collaborative work with colleagues in China.

    1. Post-Reform Urban Conditions  Part 1: Market Logic  2. Establishing the Land Market  3. Establishing the Housing Market  4. Market Configuration and Actors in Urban Development  Part 2: The State in Action  5. State, Governance and Land Management  6. Changing City Planning: From Resource Allocation to Place Promotion  7. Entrepreneurial City and Competitive Urban Strategies  Part 3 : New Spaces  8. Urban Redevelopment and Changing City Centre  9. Sprawl, Suburbia and Migrant Enclaves  Part 4: Conclusion 10. Conclusions: Market, State and Space


    Anthony Gar-On Yeh, Fulong Wu, Jiang Xu

    '...every specialist interested in [this books] subject matter should have a copy at their side.' - Reviewed by John Friedmann for Housing Studies

    Fulong Wu, Jiang Xu and Anthony Gar-On Yeh's Urban Development in Post-Reform China is the most comprehensive and analytical work on China's evolving urban lans markets published to date. The authours have done a masterful job of synthesizing a diverse range of urban land market research and policy.

    Reviewed by David E Dowall Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California - China Information


    'This is a superb book, rich in conceptual ideas and empirical details. It should be on the bookshelves of all urban scholars, China specialists included. One will be surprised by how much one can learn from the book.'- Laurence J. C. Ma University of Akron, Urban Studies Journal, May 2008


    Urban Management is a valuable addition to the growing literature on Chinese cities. It has drawn on the authors’ sustained research on Chinese cities, particularly Shanghai and Guangzhou, over many years. It is packed with useful information, insights, anecdotes and good illustrations.  Yue-man yeung Chinese University of Hong Kong