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Metropolitanization and State Re-scaling in China: Issues and Challenges of Governance in Chinese Urban Regions


Dong, Lisheng; Kübler, Daniel (2015). Metropolitanization and State Re-scaling in China: Issues and Challenges of Governance in Chinese Urban Regions. In: Quality of government: understanding the post-1978 transition and prosperity of China, Shanghai, 16 October 2015 - 17 October 2015.

Abstract

Since the 1978 reforms, city-regions are on the rise in China, and urbanisation is expected to continue as the Central Government intends to further push city development as part of the economic modernisation agenda. City-regions pose new challenges to governance. They transcend multiple local jurisdictions and often involve higher level governments. This paper aims to provide an improved understanding of city-regional governance in China, focusing on three contrasting examples (the Yangtze River Delta Metropolitan Region, the Beijing- Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region, and the Guanzhong-Tianshui Metropolitan Region). We show that, in spite of a strong vertical dimension of city-regional governance in China, the role and interference of the Central Government in matters of metropolitan policy-making is variable.

Abstract

Since the 1978 reforms, city-regions are on the rise in China, and urbanisation is expected to continue as the Central Government intends to further push city development as part of the economic modernisation agenda. City-regions pose new challenges to governance. They transcend multiple local jurisdictions and often involve higher level governments. This paper aims to provide an improved understanding of city-regional governance in China, focusing on three contrasting examples (the Yangtze River Delta Metropolitan Region, the Beijing- Tianjin-Hebei Metropolitan Region, and the Guanzhong-Tianshui Metropolitan Region). We show that, in spite of a strong vertical dimension of city-regional governance in China, the role and interference of the Central Government in matters of metropolitan policy-making is variable.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Event End Date:17 October 2015
Deposited On:15 Jan 2016 09:41
Last Modified:26 Feb 2017 16:24
Publisher:Public Affairs of Fudan University, Shanghai
Additional Information:hosted by the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University, Shanghai

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