Urban and Rural China
Published by: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Imprint: Peter Lang, International Academic Publishers
Sales Date: 2022-11-09
Published: November 2022
Dimensions: 150.00 x 225.00
150.00 x 225.00 mm
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Following years of investigation and research on the changes of China’s land system, the author discusses the evolution of urbanization and rural land system reform in China, arguing that the shackles of institutional arrangements, especially the dual track of the urban-rural system, hinder the free flow of resource elements, creating different property rights for rural or urban people and leading to an extremely unbalanced development of urban and rural China. However, China’s incremental reform experience began in the countryside and from there encircled the cities. In order to attract foreign capital for industrial development, land auction opened a prelude of land marketization, but the market has long been for urban land transaction only. The trend of urbanization, the pursuit of freedom and equality by the people, and the changes in relative land price must trigger changes in the institutional framework and pry open the doors to the market bit by bit. Local experimental policy tools, such as land-people-industries agglomeration and urban-rural linkages, benefit both rural and urban, market and state, and in a certain degree realize the collective land transaction. In urban-rural China, general property rights, especially the rights to transfer, must be redefined, and the rule of law is needed to contain coercive power and bring the activities of most people into a legal framework.
Preface – The Function of Cities – Freedom Is the Foundation of the City – The Evolutionary Path of Land Property Rights – The Branch- off of the Mechanism – The Road of Rights Confirmation – In Search of a Breakout – Curing the Symptom with a Forked Road – The Divergence of "Link- up" – Analysis of Thinking – The Situation Speaks Louder than People – Epilogue: "From the Soil" to "Urban and Rural China" – About the Author.