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Residential redevelopment and entrepreneurial local state: the implications of Beijing's shifting emphasis on urban redevelopment policies

Shin, Hyun Bang (2009) Residential redevelopment and entrepreneurial local state: the implications of Beijing's shifting emphasis on urban redevelopment policies. Urban Studies, 46 (13). pp. 2815-2839. ISSN 1360-063X

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Abstract

The entrepreneurial nature of local government activities has significantly influenced socioeconomic and spatial changes in urban China. It is against this backdrop that property-led redevelopment projects were implemented in Beijing after 1990, guided by a programme whose very success depended on the participation of real estate capital for financial contributions. In 2000, however, a new policy was put in practice, which aimed at supplying affordable housing on government-provided land to increase the rehousing rate. This paper analyses the implications of this shifting emphasis on Beijing’s redevelopment policy and examines whether the local government has become less entrepreneurial and more socially inclusive in its redevelopment approach. Based on the case study of two redevelopment projects, the paper argues that the local state’s entrepreneurial nature has persisted and that this is largely due to its power to dispose of urban land use rights, effectively making local governments de facto landlords.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://usj.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © SAGE Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
Sets: Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Departments > Geography and Environment
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Identification Number: UT ISI:000271817900006
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2008 15:28
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20428/

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