Journal article

Development and transition of small towns in rural China

Chaolin Gu, Yan Li, Sun Sheng Han

HABITAT INTERNATIONAL | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Small towns are important drivers for China's urbanization, but at the present they have no autonomy in deciding whether or not to sell their land, what the planned future is, how urban land will be developed, whether or not to borrow and/or raise funds from the financial market. The public services and facilities such as schools, hospitals, cultural and community centers, and public housing are usually poorly developed in small towns, failing to meet the basic needs for urban growth. As such, both the development of rural China and the broader urbanization and modernization processes are checked by inadequate power of decision-making and poor services in small towns. This paper advocates th..

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Awarded by key project of (Chinese) National Social Science


Awarded by Projects in the National Science & Technology Pillar Program during the Twelfth Five-year Plan Period


Funding Acknowledgements

This paper was written for the Symposium on Urban and Rural Transition of China in 21st Century, held in Tongji University, Shanghai, on 24-25, April, 2015. The research is funded by the key project of (Chinese) National Social Science (14ZDA026) "Study on the key and difficult problems of China's urbanization". We would like to thank Li Tian, Richard T Legates, Charles Chogull and All Modarres for their helpful comments, suggestions and encouragements.This paper was presented at the Symposium 'Urban and Rural Transition of China in the 21st century' funded by Projects in the National Science & Technology Pillar Program during the Twelfth Five-year Plan Period (Project number: 2012BAJ22B03) in April 2015, Shanghai.