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Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia

YIN Guanwen LIU Yungang

YIN Guanwen, LIU Yungang. Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia[J]. 中国地理科学, 2017, 27(6): 891-903. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
引用本文: YIN Guanwen, LIU Yungang. Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia[J]. 中国地理科学, 2017, 27(6): 891-903. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
YIN Guanwen, LIU Yungang. Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2017, 27(6): 891-903. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
Citation: YIN Guanwen, LIU Yungang. Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2017, 27(6): 891-903. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1

Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia

doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
基金项目: Under the auspices of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41571130, 41271165, 41701177), Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry (No.[2015]1098), The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Collaborative Innovation Center for Geopolitical setting of Southwest China and Borderland Development (YNNU)
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    LIU Yungang.E-mail:liuyung@mail.sysu.edu.cn

Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia

Funds: Under the auspices of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41571130, 41271165, 41701177), Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry (No.[2015]1098), The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Collaborative Innovation Center for Geopolitical setting of Southwest China and Borderland Development (YNNU)
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    Corresponding author: LIU Yungang.E-mail:liuyung@mail.sysu.edu.cn
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Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia

doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
    基金项目:  Under the auspices of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41571130, 41271165, 41701177), Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry (No.[2015]1098), The Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Collaborative Innovation Center for Geopolitical setting of Southwest China and Borderland Development (YNNU)
    通讯作者: LIU Yungang.E-mail:liuyung@mail.sysu.edu.cn

摘要: In post-reform China, local governments, instead of the central state, have become major promoters of urbanization. Differing from the existing literature based on Western theories, this article argues that a localized perspective, ‘administrative urbanization’, can provide a contextual explanation for the mechanism of urbanization in the reform era. The case study of Ordos indicates that new town construction, especially in the inland area, has become the main strategy for investment attraction and economic development. The local government has played a dominant role in this construction through a series of administrative measures, including avoidance of central state regulations, land leasing, high standard infrastructure construction, relocation policies and industrial attraction. This article also explores the issue of unsustainability in the new town, and identifies that underdeveloped industrialization, slow population agglomeration and real estate bubbles are primary threats to the sustainability of administrative urbanization.

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YIN Guanwen, LIU Yungang. Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia[J]. 中国地理科学, 2017, 27(6): 891-903. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
引用本文: YIN Guanwen, LIU Yungang. Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia[J]. 中国地理科学, 2017, 27(6): 891-903. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
YIN Guanwen, LIU Yungang. Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2017, 27(6): 891-903. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
Citation: YIN Guanwen, LIU Yungang. Administrative Urbanization and City-making in Post-reform China:A Case Study of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2017, 27(6): 891-903. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0919-1
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