China’s Urban Century: Governance, Environment and Socio-Economic Imperatives

Edward Elgar Publishing
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The achievements of China’s urbanization should not be evaluated solely in terms of adequate infrastructures, but also in their ability to implement sound governance practices to ensure social, environmental and economic development. This book addresses several key challenges faced by Chinese cities, based on the most recent policies and experiments adopted by central and local governments.

The contributors offer an interdisciplinary analysis of the urbanization process in China, and examine the following key topics:  the institutional foundations of Chinese cities, the legal status of the land, the rural to urban migration, the preservation of the urban heritage and the creation of urban community, and the competitiveness of Chinese cities. They define the current issues and challenges emerging from China’s urbanization.

Students and academics of urban studies and related subjects will find the strong theoretical backgrounds to be of use to their research. Policy-makers and other practitioners will benefit from the practical advice and recommendations.
 
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Edward Elgar Publishing
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Published on
Nov 27, 2015
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Pages
328
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9781784715090
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English
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Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
Social Science / Sociology / Urban
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 The Chinese system is like no other known to man, now or in history. This book explains how the system works and where it may be moving.


Drawing on Chinese and international sources, on extensive collaboration with Chinese scholars, and on the political science of state analysis, the author concludes that under the new leadership of Xi Jinping, the system of government has been transformed into a new regime radically harder and more ideological than the legacy of Deng Xiaoping. China is less strong economically and more dictatorial politically than the world has wanted to believe.

By analysing the leadership of Xi Jinping, the meaning of ‘socialist market economy’, corruption, the party-state apparatus, the reach of the party, the mechanisms of repression, taxation and public services, and state-society relations, the book broadens the field of China studies, as well as the fields of political economy, comparative politics, development, and welfare state studies.

‘A new interpretation of the Chinese party-state—shows the advantage that derives from a comparative theorist looking at the Chinese system.’
—Tony Saich, Harvard University

‘This is an excellent book which asks important questions about China’s future. In a lively and persuasive manner, the author vividly analyses key data in a comparative and theoretical manner. Far and away the best introduction to how the CCP dictatorship works.’
—Edward Friedman, University of Wisconsin-Madison

‘There is no lack of scholars and pundits abroad who tell us that dictatorship in China is for the greater good. In a timely and engagingly written book, Stein Ringen systematically demolishes all the components of this claim.’
—Frank Dikötter, University of Hong Kong

‘Stein Ringen shows how the Chinese state has used both fear and material inducements to build a “controlocracy” of a size and complexity unprecedented in world history. Perfect as a dictatorship, but brutal, destructive, and wasteful. The author’s encyclopedic understanding of his topic is based on a mastery of relevant scholarship and is delivered in clear, no-nonsense prose that bows to no one. Ideal as a textbook.’
—Perry Link, University of California, Riverside

‘China is a complex country, and there is a range of reasonable interpretations of its political system. Professor Ringen’s interpretation is different than my own, but China watchers need to engage with his thought-provoking and carefully argued assessment. If current trends of repression intensify, less pessimistic analysts will need to recognise that Ringen’s analysis may have been prescient.’
—Daniel A. Bell, Tsinghua University

‘Inspirational and trenchant. Stein Ringen’s book is a must-read to understand China’s politics, economy, ideology and social control, and its adaptability and challenges under the CCP’s rule, especially in the 21st century.’
—Teng Biao, Harvard Law School and New York University

‘Stein Ringen’s insights as a prominent political scientist enable a powerful examination of the Chinese state in a penetrating analysis that reaches strong conclusions which some will see as controversial. The book is scholarly, objective, and free from ideological partiality or insider bias. Whether one ultimately wishes to challenge or embrace his findings, the book should be read.’
—Lina Song, University of Nottingham

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La Chine n'a pas fini de surprendre. Elle a plus changé au cours de vingt années de réforme qu'en trois décennies de socialisme orthodoxe, et depuis son accession à l'Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC) en 2001, le mouvement s'est emballé : les Chinois travaillent, échangent avec le reste du monde, et s'enrichissent. Face à leur entrée fracassante au premier rang du jeu économique mondial, le monde développé hésite entre crainte et contentement, scepticisme et fantasmes. Bien des inconnues restent à lever, mais une approche raisonnée est déjà possible. Ce livre la propose.
Nourri de discussions approfondies avec chercheurs et acteurs économiques chinois, il offre un riche bilan d'étape et saisit les points forts comme les lignes de fractures. Tourné vers l'avenir, il affronte les questions essentielles : l'impressionnante croissance de Chine, amplifiée par sa démographie, la hissera-t-elle au premier rang mondial sous deux, trois ou quatre décennies ? La coexistence d'une économie en pleine effervescence et d'un système politique particulièrement rigide est-elle viable à long terme ? La Chine reparcourt-elle le chemin des petits dragons d'Asie au moment de leur décollage (1967-1982), celui du Japon de la haute croissance (1953-1973, ou bien n'est-il de comparaison possible qu'avec les bouleversements apportés par les États-Unis au début du XXe siècle ?
Sans concession aux spéculations et jeux de l'esprit, très solidement informé, ce livre apporte un éclairage indispensable sur les enjeux de cette montée en puissance de la Chine, sur son affirmation comme rival stratégique des États-Unis et sur la modification en profondeur des relations économiques internationales qui peut en résulter.

François Gipouloux, directeur de recherche au CNRS, enseigne à l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences sociales et à l'Université de Paris III. Spécialiste de l'économie chinoise, il bénéficie d'une expérience de terrain de 15 ans en Asie (Chine, Japon, Hong-Kong).


La transition inachevée. La haute croissance chinoise : mythes et réalités.La longue marche de la paysannerie chinoise.Industrialisation des campagnes, migrations intérieures et urbanisation. David contre Goliath : le privé à l'assaut du secteur étatique. La vulnérabilité du secteur financier. Échanges extérieurs : la déferlante chinoise. Défis et facteurs de vulnérabilité.

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