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Theoretical Foundation and Literature Review

  • Yazhuo Zheng
  • Kent Deng
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

Abstract

Our theoretical foundation is based on the Lewis model for development and modernity, the Harris-Todaro model which revises the Lewis model, as well as the big-push model. Further, we argue that during the process of urbanisation, the state is imperative to support people by providing welfare entitlement or employment opportunities. If the state does not fulfil this obligation, we call it a ‘state failure’. In this chapter we also have reviewed several valuable projects focusing on the distortions in China’s urbanisation.

Keywords

Arthur Lewis’ dualism model Traditional economy Modern economy Rural-urban income gap Economic transition Harris-Todaro model Social welfare entitlement Big-push model 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yazhuo Zheng
    • 1
  • Kent Deng
    • 2
  1. 1.Beijing Enlightenment Institute for Economic and Social ResearchBeijingChina
  2. 2.London School of EconomicsLondonUK

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