Interpreting institutional fit: Urbanization, development, and China's "land-lost"

Hongping Lian, Raul P. Lejano

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Abstract

Urbanization-led development brings not just demographic, technological, and economic change, but profound institutional transition, as well. The scale and pace of China's urbanization project have generated a crisis for millions living in rural-urban peripheries. We will utilize a model of institutional fit to conduct a critical analysis of China's urbanization program and its implementation problems. Utilizing a semi-structured interview format, we analyze the experiences of the so-called "land-lost" residents in Changsha, China, vis-à-vis this ongoing institutional transition. The analysis provides a rich account of the myriad ways the transition to a privatized property market runs counter to the collective nature of peri-urban Chinese communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalWorld Development
Volume61
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • China
  • Institutional fit
  • Policy implementation
  • Urbanization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics

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