Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0309-1317.2004.00527.x
Title: Local developmental state and order in China's urban development during transition
Authors: Zhu, J. 
Issue Date: 2004
Source: Zhu, J. (2004). Local developmental state and order in China's urban development during transition. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 28 (2) : 424-447. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0309-1317.2004.00527.x
Abstract: Rules and order in urban construction, and thus the relationship between the market and the state, are a fundamental issue for urban development. In China, a transition economy, marketization has been actively promoted under the economic reforms to replace central-planning and has contributed significantly to the subsequent dynamic urban growth. However, the role of the state in defining an institutional framework for the market is lagging behind. Fiscal deficiency in conjunction with a pro-growth position undermines the capacity of the local developmental state to exercise effective developmental controls. Without effective state enforcement of rules, market order does not emerge when uncertainty pervades the marketplace. The phenomenon of urban villages and the case of Luohu's redevelopment clearly show that the absence of the state both in constructing the market and as a third-party gives rise to the logic of the commons or quasi-commons in the land development market. Inferior and suboptimal developments ensue. © Joint Editors and Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004.
Source Title: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/46183
ISSN: 03091317
DOI: 10.1111/j.0309-1317.2004.00527.x
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