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Urban Transformation in China

1st Edition

By Gordon G. Liu

Edited by Aimin Chen


296 pages

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This book provides a general description and evaluation of the process of urbanization in China and the urgent challenges facing the Chinese government. Urban Transformation in China examines the changing pattern of China's urban population and the determinants of these changes, including an analysis of the spatial structures of China's cities and industry and an assessment of urban productivity growth and the role of mega cities in national development. The book's coverage encompasses both academic and policy perspectives. With its sister volume Urbanization and Social Welfare in China it provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary overview of the country’s urbanization process.


'There are interesting data and analysis and for the first time readers are exposed to China's urban transformation.' Built Environment '…essential reading for students of the development of Chinese society in its period of rapid industrialization and urbanization.' Asia-Pacific Business Review '…many developments anticipated in the papers of this book have become reality rather sooner than expected…Urban Transformation in China helps to understand the development of urbanization in China and its major consequences for the social and spatial structure of Mainland China today.' ASIEN - The German Journal on Contemporary Asia

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface, D. Gale Johnson; Introduction, Aimin Chen, Gordon G. Liu and Kevin H. Zhang. Characteristics of China's Urbanization: Can agricultural labor adjustment occur primarily through creation of rural nonfarm jobs in China?, D. Gale Johnson; The evolution of China's urban transformation since 1949, Kevin H. Zhang; Political capacity and demographic change: a study of China with a comparison to India, Yi Feng and Siddharth Swaminathan; Structure and strategy for in situ rural urbanization, Qi Hong Dong. Changing Urban Population: Determinants of urban migration, Aimin Chen and N. Edward Coulson; Urban population in the reform era, Jeff Kejing Xie and Kevin Honglin Zhang; Floating population: definitions, data, and recent findings, Daniel Goodkind and Loraine A. West; Hukou systems and migration controls, Fei-Ling Wang. Urban Spatial Structures: Spatial dynamics of city-size distribution, Shunfeng Song and Kevin H. Zhang; Spatial distribution of industries and cities: Coordination between industrial and urban development, Mei Wen; How do industrialization and urbanization affect land use?, Xiaobo Zhang. Urban Growth and Productivity: Urban economic growth, Shuanglin Lin and Shunfeng Song; Agglomeration economics in Chinese cities: an empirical study, Zuohong Pan and Fan Zhang; Hong Kong: from entrepot to manufacturing and then to producer services, Zhigang Tao and Y.C. Richard Wong; Shanghai rising: resurgence of China's New York City?, Hanchao Lu; About the editors; Index.

About the Series

The Chinese Trade and Industry Series

The Chinese Trade and Industry Series
This series examines the immense importance of China within the global economy. Books in the series view the Chinese economy in many ways, such as: a transition economy; a bridge between the developing and developed nations; a vital member of the WTO; and even as a potential rival to the US. Providing readers with high quality monographs and edited volumes by authors from East and West, this series is a truly global forum on one of the world's key economies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development