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1st Edition

Urbanization, Regional Development and Governance in China

ISBN 9780367444815
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
184 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Rapid urbanization in China in recent decades and the challenges of social and regional integration and governance have been issues of major concern. This book explores the course of urbanization and development in China over recent decades. It considers a range of issues including urbanization, changing urban and regional systems, regional integration and governance. The book pays particular attention to the economic relations between Hong Kong and mainland China and how regional development, integration and governance unfold in the Hong Kong-Pearl River Delta region.

Table of Contents



List of illustrations



Chapter 1 Introduction

Urbanization and development in China

Urbanization and Hukou reform

Urban and regional restructuring

Regional development and governance

Outline of the book

Chapter 2 Scale, state and the urban transformation in post reform China


Scale theory and sociospatial transformation

Rescaling the central and local states

Changing city scales and urban territorialisation


Chapter 3 Dual-track urbanization in post reform China


An interpretive framework of Chinese urbanization

State-sponsored urbanization in the pre-reform period

Dual-track urbanization in the post reform period

Empirical analysis of dual-track urbanization in China


Chapter 4 Spatial analysis of the urban system in Guangdong


Expanding urbanization under the socialist market economy in post reform China

Definition of city-size, data and methodology

Differentials in the rank-size distribution of the urban system using population and economic indicators

Urban hierarchy based on population size of cities

Urban hierarchy based on economic indicator of cities

A discussion on measuring urban hierarchy using different measures

The role of economic development in the process of urbanization


Chapter 5 Urban growth and sustainable development in Shenzhen city


Urban economic growth

Migration and population growth

Impact on agriculture and environmental pollution


Chapter 6 Economic relations between Hong Kong and mainland China


Hong Kong’s ranking as a competitive center

Economic integration before and after the handover in 1997

Cross-boundary investment between Hong Kong and mainland China

Trade between Hong Kong and mainland China

Growth of Hong Kong’s logistics and tourism industries

Challenges posed by changing economic relations


Chapter 7 Cross-border urban governance in Hong Kong


Conceptualizing cross-border urban governance in Hong Kong

Cross-border urban governance in Hong Kong: From separation to tolerance before 1997

Cross-border urban governance in Hong Kong: From protectionism to Free Trade Zone after 1997


Chapter 8 Cross-boundary integration in Hong Kong and Shenzhen


Borderland and integration of cross-border regions

Urban economic integration: FDI and trade between Hong Kong and Shenzhen

Institutional integration: inter-city cooperation led by city governments

Lagged integration of cross-border communities: inadequate understanding and significant differences


Chapter 9 Conclusion


Scale, state and dual-track urbanization

Urban system and sustainable urban development

Regional development, integration and governance

Prospectus of urbanization, regional development and governance in China



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Jianfa Shen is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Resource Management and Director of the Research Centre for Urban and Regional Development, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.