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Urbanization and Urban Governance in China

Issues, Challenges, and Development

  • Lin Ye

Part of the Governing China in the 21st Century book series (GC21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Regional Outlook and Urban Transformation

  3. Urban Redevelopment, Housing Inequality and City Branding

  4. Urban Governance and Informal Dynamics in the New Age

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Huiping Li, Qingfang Wang, Chunrong Zheng
      Pages 215-235
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 259-271

About this book


This book explores the process of urbanization and the profound challenges to China’s urban governance. Economic productivity continues to rise, with increasingly uneven distribution of prosperity and accumulation of wealth. The emergence of individual autonomy including demands for more freedom and participation in the governing process has asked for a change of the traditional top-down control system. The vertical devolution between the central and local states and horizontal competition among local governments produced an uneasy political dynamics in Chinese cities. Many existing publications analyze the urban transformation in China but few focuses on the governance challenges. It is critical to investigate China’s urbanization, paying special attention to its challenges to urban governance. This edited volume fills this gap by organizing ten chapters of distinctive urban development and governance issues.  


Sociology leadership Sustainable Urbanization Urban Governance Asian politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Lin Ye
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Chinese Public Administration Research School of GovernmentSun Yat-sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

About the editors

Lin Ye is Associate Professor in the School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University, China.

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