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Property Rights and Urban Transformation in China

9781802206609 Edward Elgar Publishing
Zhu Qian, Associate Professor, School of Planning, University of Waterloo, Canada
Publication Date: August 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80220 660 9 Extent: c 240 pp
Addressing fundamental questions surrounding the critical changes affecting China’s urban landscape, social organization and community governance, Property Rights and Urban Transformation in China thoroughly reviews the reform of property rights in changing political and economic conditions.

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Addressing fundamental questions surrounding the critical changes affecting China’s urban landscape, social organization and community governance, Property Rights and Urban Transformation in China thoroughly reviews the reform of property rights in changing political and economic conditions.

Zhu Qian presents a comprehensive study highlighting the key theories and practices in urban and social development processes and provides guidance on how to understand both the parallels and differences that these reveal. Utilizing a cross-sectoral and multi-scalar examination of property rights in a property-led urban environment, the book illustrates increasingly complex interactions between state and non-state actors and examines the characteristics and consequences of rural-urban land conversion. It further analyses the impacts of resettled villagers’ adaptation to urban society and the role of property rights in China’s recent high-profile urban-rural integrated development.

This insightful book will ensure a thorough grasp of the pertinent issues for scholars, researchers and practitioners within the fields of urban planning, human geography and land economics. It will also provide a more general systemic understanding for graduate students interested in the recent challenges and strategies in a property rights regime with strong state intervention.
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‘Zhu Qian provides an incredibly thorough treatment of property rights in China. Most importantly, this remarkable book investigates China’s urban transformation corresponding to changing property regimes. His explanations of the pivotal role of state-controlled property rights in China’s phenomenal urbanisation, resettlement and urban-rural integration, informality and property speculation are highly original and insightful. The book is an essential reading for those who are interested in urban development in China and the grounded implication of property rights.’
– Fulong Wu, University College London, UK

‘Property Rights and Urban Transformation in China by Zhu Qian provides a solid analytical contribution to our understanding of the complex processes of institutional change that underlie Chinese urbanization. The author has conducted valuable and in-depth research on land rights in the context of China’s multi-faceted development, including on political campaigns, land acquisition, informal housing, and resettlement. The book will be of significant value for planners, geographers, and practitioners.’
– Peter Ho, Zhejiang University, China and London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
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