Soft institutional exclusion and hierarchical inequality in China’s urbanisation problems by Dr Xufeng Wang, University of Newcastle, 21 April 2016

Issued: Tue, 01 Dec 2015 14:41:00 GMT

Date: Thursday 21 April 2016
Time: 4.00-5.30pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre E, Boyd Orr Building

Dr Xufeng Wang

(University of Newcastle, Research Associate in Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies)

Title: soft institutional exclusion and hierarchical inequality in China’s urbanisation problems

 China’s urbanisation problems are becoming worse and worse in spite of the increasing effort made by the central government to reform regulations and policies that were commonly criticized leading to problems of urbanisation in the last decade. This paper tries to understand China’s urbanisation problems from a soft institutional perspective which has been by far relatively understudied. Focusing on the analysis of China’s political culture, social norms, and administrative arrangement, it found that policymakers, academics, and public are all talking about the problems, but when it comes to the solutions, almost no one perceived that the current political culture, social norms, and the way in which urbanisation is administered are impeding the implementation of new regulations and policies. The policy implication of the finding is discussed. 

 

The Scottish Centre for China Research Seminar Programme gratefully acknowledges the support from the Macfie Bequest. For enquiries and information, please contact: Dr Julie Miao: tian.miao@glasgow.ac.uk


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