Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism

Land Bargains and Chinese Capitalism

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Meg Rithmire
Cambridge University Press, 10/22/2015
EAN 9781107539877, ISBN10: 1107539870

Paperback, 236 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

Land reforms have been critical to the development of Chinese capitalism over the last several decades, yet land in China remains publicly owned. This book explores the political logic of reforms to land ownership and control, accounting for how land development and real estate have become synonymous with economic growth and prosperity in China. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and archival research, the book tracks land reforms and urban development at the national level and in three cities in a single Chinese region. The study reveals that the initial liberalization of land was reversed after China's first contemporary real estate bubble in the early 1990s and that property rights arrangements at the local level varied widely according to different local strategies for economic prosperity and political stability. In particular, the author links fiscal relations and economic bases to property rights regimes, finding that more 'open' cities are subject to greater state control over land.

1. Property and politics in China
2. The making of the real estate economy
urban reform and the origins of the party's land dilemma
3. The political economies of China
4. 'Land as a state asset'
global capital and local state power in Dalian
5. Property rights and distributive politics
urban conflict and change in Harbin, 1978 to the present
6. Changchun motor city
the politics of compromise in an industrial town
7. Conclusions.