New Perspectives on Chinese Politics and Society

China’s Local Entrepreneurial State and New Urban Spaces

Downtown Redevelopment in Ningbo

Authors: Zhang, Han

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  • Provides a detailed case study of Ningbo, an oft neglected second-tier Chinese city, for a different perspective on urban China
  • Features ethnographic fieldwork for six months, including both in-depth interviews and participant/passive observations, which vividly portrays and interprets urban governance in contemporary China
  • Features intensive archival research conducted at local libraries and archives for a brief investigation of Ningbo’s urban history since 1840, as well as the government policies for urban redevelopment since the late 1990s
  • Presents a “people-oriented” perspective on China’s urban redevelopment, which is demonstrated through the voices and live experiences of various stakeholders involved in urban redevelopment, who have different sexes, ages, education, occupations, social status, religions and hometowns and even nationalities
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In this book, the author seeks to understand China’s urban redevelopment from the theoretical perspective of the local entrepreneurial state. China’s rapid socio-economic transformations since 1978 have been in large part attributed to China’s state transformations. The author closely investigates Ningbo’s two downtown redevelopment projects by conducting ethnographic fieldwork and documentary research. It is found that the local entrepreneurial state deploys local state enterprises to undertake strategic urban redevelopment projects, organizes high-profile city/district marketing campaigns in entrepreneurial manners, and develops corporatist intermediations with local business owners for collaborative urban governance. Yet the local entrepreneurial state is multi-layered, with the municipal and district authorities sometimes disagreeing, conflicting, and bargaining with each other. Meanwhile, the relationship between spaces and their users, as well as that between various space users, constantly changes. All these players and their interactions constitute “spatial politics”, or the story of conflicts, struggles, negotiations, and collaborations in urban governance.  This work, based on six months of fieldwork, will appeal to scholars in the social sciences and experts in Asian Studies.

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Zhang Han is Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Hong Kong in 2012. His research interests revolve around urban studies and political sociology.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
China’s Local Entrepreneurial State and New Urban Spaces
Book Subtitle
Downtown Redevelopment in Ningbo
Authors
Series Title
New Perspectives on Chinese Politics and Society
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59605-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59605-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59902-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-93413-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 238
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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