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  • Space, Scale and the State: Reorganizing Urban Space in China

Space, Scale and the State: Reorganizing Urban Space in China

Jianfa Shen

English , 2004/01 HKIAPS, Occasional Paper Series Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, CUHK

Tags: China Studies

215 x 140 mm , 34pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-962-441-146-1

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Space and scale have become the key foci of China's urbanization as the role of the state has been contested and altered at various spatial levels. This paper will argue that the spatial restructuring of China's urban areas is a politically constructed process and that the recent advancements in scale theories can be used for political-economic analyses of China's reorganization of urban space. Multi-scalar in perspective, this paper will examine how lower-level places acquire the status of cities, a process that directly affects the number of cities in China, the system of "city-leading county," the recent administrative conversion of suburban counties to city districts, and the merging of cities and towns. The paper will also contribute to the theoretical debates on central-local relations, the role of the state in China's reforms, globalization, marketization and decentralization.

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