China's Spatial Economic Development

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The spatial patterns of China's rapid economic transformation fundamentally challenge conventional geographies of urban and regional development. This book provides a theoretically informed case study of the local character of regional change in China's lower Yangzi Delta, as well as a new analytical framework for understanding China's unique form of economic modernization.
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Chapter 1. Introduction 1.1 Rationale, Scope and Objectives 1.2 Redefining a New Critical Regional Geography 1.2.1 Chinese Landscapes of Transformation and the Representation of Place 1.2.2 Regional Geography: As Method and as Theory 1.3 The Lower Yangzi Delta Region and Kunshan 1.4 Issues and Methodology 1.5 Organization of the Book Chapter 2. Regional Development and Industrialization: Towards Mega-Urbanization 2.1 Development Theory in Crisis: Beyond the Impasse 2.2 Confronting the Post-Modern Void: Taking Diversity Seriously 2.3 Linkages and the Transactional Revolution 2.4 A New Geography of Production: Making Space for Place 2.5 Cities, Towns, and Rural Transformation: The Chinese Development Debate 2.6 Rural and Urban in China's Regional Development: Seeking a Middle Ground 2.7 Mega-Urbanization in the Lower Yangzi Delta: Enterprise Location and the Reconstruction of Local Space Chapter 3. The Lower Yangzi Delta: Historical Geography and Contemporary Patterns of Change 3.1 The Lower Yangzi Delta From the Late Imperial Period 3.1.1 Natural Environment and Saptial Econoic Structure 3.1.2 Rural-Urban Relations and the Urban Penumbra 3.2 Pre-Reform Political Economy 3.3 Reforms and Transformations in the Rural Economy 3.3.1 Changes in Agriculture 3.3.2 Township and Village Enterprises: New Shapes, Old Patterns 3.4 Saptial Economic Patterns in the Lower Yangzi Delta 3.5 At the Edge of Shanghai: Kunshan to the Fore Chapter 4. Structure of Local Government and Relationship to Enterprises 4.1 Bifurcation of the Functions of Local Government 4.1.1 Community Administration 4.1.2 Ownership and Management of Enterprises 4.2Spatial Proliferation on Non-Agricultural Activities 4.3 Formalizing Local Institutional Structures in a Partially Reformed Command Economy 4.3.1 Capitalism With Chinese Characteristics 4.3.2 Individual Interactions and Interrelationships 4.3.3 Horizontal and Vertical Linkages 4.3.4 Economic Cooperation Commission 4.4 Socialist New Rural Area With Chinese Characteristics Chapter 5. Grounding Regional Restructuring: The Local Character of Spatial Change 5.1 Transportation 5.2 Dianshanhu Town 5.3 Tongxin Village 5.4 Specialized Development Zones Chapter 6. Linkages and the Location of Non-Agricultural Production 6.1 Investment in Local Development 6.1.1 Capital Formation 6.1.2 Reproduction of Capital 6.2 Ownership, Land and Labour 6.3 Enterprise Procurement, marketing and Management 6.4 Transactional Environment Chapter 7. Mega-Urbanization in the Lower Yangzi Delta: Theoretical and Policy Challehges and Responses 7.1 Negotiating and Managing the Regional Transformation: Institutional Parameters and Rural Agglomeration 7.2 Theoretical Implications: Urbad Transition or Regional Resilience? 7.3 Planning and Management Agenda: Chinese Solutions for Chinese Problems
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