Handbook on Urban Development in China
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Handbook on Urban Development in China

Edited by Ray Yep, June Wang and Thomas Johnson

The trajectory and logic of urban development in post-Mao China have been shaped and defined by the contention between domestic and global capital, central and local state and social actors of different class status and endowment. This urban transformation process of historic proportion entails new rules for distribution and negotiation, novel perceptions of citizenship, as well as room for unprecedented spontaneity and creativity. Based on original research by leading experts, this book offers an updated and nuanced analysis of the new logic of urban governance and its implications.
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Chapter 17: Transferring land developmental rights across the urban-rural divide: common practice and the Chongqing exception

Ray Yep


There are a lot of creativity of rural communities in securing a fair share of their entitlement to the wealth created in the urbanization process and the consequent scramble for land. One of the latest major policy innovations in this area is the exchange of construction land quotas across the urban-rural divide. Exploring the possibility inherent in the national policy of integrated urban-rural development (chengxiang tongchou), the scheme shuffles the construction land quotas (jianshe yongdi zhibiao) between the two sectors and converts these licenses for development into marketable financial assets. It enables the rural community to stake a larger claim to the wealth created by the urbanization process than the conventional arrangements. Its long-term impact on Chinese peasantry is however not entirely positive and the spatial reordering of rural China may have significant consequence on rural governance as well.

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