GU Chaolin, HU Lingqian, Ian G. COOK. China's Urbanization in 1949-2015:Processes and Driving Forces[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2017, 27(6): 847-859. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0911-9
Citation: GU Chaolin, HU Lingqian, Ian G. COOK. China's Urbanization in 1949-2015:Processes and Driving Forces[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2017, 27(6): 847-859. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0911-9

China's Urbanization in 1949-2015:Processes and Driving Forces

doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0911-9
Funds:  Under the auspices of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41590844), the Independent Research Program of Tsinghai University (No. 2015THZ01)
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  • Corresponding author: GU Chaolin.E-mail:gucl@tsinghua.edu.cn
  • Received Date: 2016-11-26
  • Rev Recd Date: 2017-03-09
  • Publish Date: 2017-12-27
  • The pace and scale of China's contemporary urbanization are stunning. This paper reviews process and the underlying driving forces of China's urbanization between 1949-2015. Contemporary China's urbanization has experienced four stages, and each has had different driving forces:1) economic re-construction and industrialization-led urbanization (1949-1977); 2) economic reform and market-led urbanization (1978-1995); 3) economic globalization and the global-local urbanization (1996-2010); and 4) the land-economyled urbanization (2010-). These urbanization processes and driving forces will undoubtedly provide scientific reference and have significant implications for developing countries, especially African countries, to formulate their urbanization public policies.
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China's Urbanization in 1949-2015:Processes and Driving Forces

doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0911-9
Funds:  Under the auspices of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41590844), the Independent Research Program of Tsinghai University (No. 2015THZ01)
    Corresponding author: GU Chaolin.E-mail:gucl@tsinghua.edu.cn

Abstract: The pace and scale of China's contemporary urbanization are stunning. This paper reviews process and the underlying driving forces of China's urbanization between 1949-2015. Contemporary China's urbanization has experienced four stages, and each has had different driving forces:1) economic re-construction and industrialization-led urbanization (1949-1977); 2) economic reform and market-led urbanization (1978-1995); 3) economic globalization and the global-local urbanization (1996-2010); and 4) the land-economyled urbanization (2010-). These urbanization processes and driving forces will undoubtedly provide scientific reference and have significant implications for developing countries, especially African countries, to formulate their urbanization public policies.

GU Chaolin, HU Lingqian, Ian G. COOK. China's Urbanization in 1949-2015:Processes and Driving Forces[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2017, 27(6): 847-859. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0911-9
Citation: GU Chaolin, HU Lingqian, Ian G. COOK. China's Urbanization in 1949-2015:Processes and Driving Forces[J]. Chinese Geographical Science, 2017, 27(6): 847-859. doi: 10.1007/s11769-017-0911-9
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