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China’s Local Entrepreneurial State and New Urban Spaces

Downtown Redevelopment in Ningbo


Part of the New Perspectives on Chinese Politics and Society book series (NPCPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Han Zhang
    Pages 1-17
  3. Han Zhang
    Pages 63-88
  4. Han Zhang
    Pages 89-142
  5. Han Zhang
    Pages 143-164
  6. Han Zhang
    Pages 209-221
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 223-238

About this book


In this book, the author seeks to understand China’s urban redevelopment from the theoretical perspective of the local entrepreneurial state. China’s rapid socio-economic transformations since 1978 have been in large part attributed to China’s state transformations. The author closely investigates Ningbo’s two downtown redevelopment projects by conducting ethnographic fieldwork and documentary research. It is found that the local entrepreneurial state deploys local state enterprises to undertake strategic urban redevelopment projects, organizes high-profile city/district marketing campaigns in entrepreneurial manners, and develops corporatist intermediations with local business owners for collaborative urban governance. Yet the local entrepreneurial state is multi-layered, with the municipal and district authorities sometimes disagreeing, conflicting, and bargaining with each other. Meanwhile, the relationship between spaces and their users, as well as that between various space users, constantly changes. All these players and their interactions constitute “spatial politics”, or the story of conflicts, struggles, negotiations, and collaborations in urban governance.  This work, based on six months of fieldwork, will appeal to scholars in the social sciences and experts in Asian Studies.


Local entrepreneurial state new urban spaces downtown redevelopment China Ningbo area Asia Asian culture culture development geography human geography planning political science social science sociology state town urban studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of International Business & EconomicsBeijingChina

About the authors

Zhang Han is Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong in 2012. His research interests revolve around urban studies and political sociology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title China’s Local Entrepreneurial State and New Urban Spaces
  • Book Subtitle Downtown Redevelopment in Ningbo
  • Authors Han Zhang
  • Series Title New Perspectives on Chinese Politics and Society
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Perspectives on Chinese Politics and Society
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-59902-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-93413-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-59605-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 238
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Urban Studies/Sociology
    Asian Culture
    Sociology, general
    Development Studies
    Human Geography
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