Journal article

Following the Money: Corruption, Conflict, and the Winners and Losers of Suburban Land Acquisition in China

Yanan Song, Mark Yaolin Wang, Xiaoting Lei

Geographical Research | WILEY | Published : 2016


Land acquisition in suburban China is not merely the administrative means through which land is transferred from collectively owned rural land to state-owned urban land it is also a process of unlawful profit grabbing by rent-seeking stakeholders. This licentiousness has been the source of intense controversy in recent years, becoming a major source of social unrest in contemporary China. Although standards of compensation are legally governed by strict policies, these standards are rarely followed as prescribed. As a result, we know very little about how revenue from land acquisition is shared in practice. This is because, as a contentious political issue rife with corrupt practices, accura..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by China Social Science Foundation

Awarded by Postgraduate Innovation Fund from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful to two anonymous referees, as well as Vickie Zhang and Jon Barnett, for their useful comments and discussions. All remaining errors in this paper are our own. We appreciate the interviewed villagers for their willingness to share their time and stories with us. This paper was partially supported by the International Research & Research Training Fund, the University of Melbourne, and China Social Science Foundation (15BRK039), and Postgraduate Innovation Fund from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (CXJJ-2013-110434).