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Understanding Land Use and Rural Development in the National Scheme of Village Relocation and Urbanization in China: A Case Study of Two Villages in Jiangsu Province

Qidong Huang (), Jiajun Xu (), Hua Qin () and Xinyu Gao ()
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Qidong Huang: School of Public Administration, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
Jiajun Xu: School of Public Administration, Hohai University, Nanjing 211100, China
Hua Qin: Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
Xinyu Gao: School of Finance and Public Management, Anhui University of Finance and Economics, Bengbu 233030, China

Sustainability, 2018, vol. 10, issue 9, 1-13

Abstract: Large-scale village relocation and urbanization, one of the most significant social changes in China, bring villages both development opportunities and social risks. The social risks mainly stem from the government’s strong position in land expropriation and policy preference for urban development. We observe the amalgamation of Anyang and Bomu Village in China and explore the specific role of land policies in the social change and restructuring of the two villages. We find that clan gentries challenge the government’s “absolute” authority over land and landless villagers start the trend of “de-urbanization.” Our research presents targeted policy recommendations in terms of weakening the role of the government in urbanization, strengthening dialogues between the government and clans and coordinating urban and rural land use.

Keywords: land use policy; village relocation; urbanization; rural development (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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