Journal article

A path dependence perspective on the Chinese cadastral system

Qiaowen Lin, Mohsen Kalantari, Abbas Rajabifard, Jiangfeng Li

Land Use Policy | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2015


Cadastral systems differ in countries due to specific historical, political, economic and cultural context. The fundamental role of cadastral system in land administration is well acknowledged which leads to increasing interest from researchers worldwide. Despite China being the most populous country in the world, its cadastral system is rarely studied. This paper aims to use path dependence as an interpretive lens to analyse the historical background and existing situation of the cadastral system in China. Three stages in the Chinese cadastral system are identified: the contingent phase, the self-reinforcing phase and the lock-in phase from the perspective of path dependence. According to t..

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Awarded by Chinese Scholarship Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the financial supports from Chinese Scholarship Council (File No. 201306410026). Meanwhile, the authors would like to express appreciation to Serene Ho, Arbind Tuladhar and Zhixuan Yang for their critical comments on the draft paper and special thanks to the support of Centre for Spatial Data and Land Administration, Department of Infrastructure Engineering, the University of Melbourne.