Edited by Chia-Lin Chen, Haixiao Pan, Qing Shen and James J. Wang
Chapter 21: Planning intercity railway systems in China’s mega-city regions: the case of the Pearl River Delta
China’s intercity railway planning regime is too often seen as a centrally constituted, internally coherent, and operationally closed system, but this view ignores or downplays the extent to which this regime is embedded in a web of power relations. Using intercity railway development in Guangdong Province’s Pearl River Delta as an example, this chapter argues that the intercity railway planning regime is emerging as a hybrid, contradictory and relatively open system. It explores how key planning decisions for the Pearl River Delta Intercity Railway network are initiated, planned, negotiated and implemented in the context of a diffuse power structure and an inadequate institutional environment.
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