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The Changing Industrial Transformation in the Pearl River Delta: Issues, Challenges, and Intergovernmental Coordination

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

Abstract

This chapter examines the pattern of industrial development in the nine Pearl River Delta (PRD) cities since the late 1990s. Guangdong province, especially the PRD, has spearheaded economic reform and opening in China and achieved spectacular growth in the past three decades. However, facing challenges from other Chinese regions and global economy, the province has been under pressure to reform its prevailing “front shop, back factory” development model. This chapter will explore the following key questions: Has the pattern of industrial development in the nine PRD cities changed since the late 1990s? If compared with the previous “PRD model” of development, what are the major changes and continuities of this path of industrial development? What are the key policy measures initiated by the provincial and municipal governments in promoting the economic and industrial transformation of the PRD since late 1990s? What are its special features and limitations?

Keywords

Pearl River Delta (PRD) Guangdong Statistical Yearbook Guangdong Provincial Government Huizhou Foshan 
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Acknowledgment

The authors would like to acknowledge the funding support from the seed funding programme of the University of Hong Kong and the GRF project from the Research Grants Council (HKU 741113H). Research assistance by Liu Ying, Kary Chan, and especially Ray Poon is much appreciated. Any remaining errors are the authors’ sole responsibility.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Hong KongPok Fu LamHong Kong

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