|Title||Urban Administrative Restructuring as a New Urbanization Strategy: A Case Study of Bengbu City, Anhui Province|
|Authors||Guo, Y. and Verdini, G.|
Abstract: China’s most recent urban administrative restructuring has been used as an effort to enhance urban-rural integration aiming to facilitate effective county territory development and reconfigure central city and county territory relationship in a metropolitan region. During the process, political and socioeconomic conditions are usually rescaled as a response to this new urbanization strategy. This paper applies an institutional model of the development process to the Chinese urban administrative restructuring experience with special reference to a case study in Bengbu, a medium-sized inner land city in Anhui Province. In March 2014, China released National New Urbanization Plan (2014-2020). The evidence from this study suggests that the reflection of ‘new’ lies in a new perspective in tackling the issues such as urban-rural integration raised in the urbanization process in the sense that it shifts focus to a comprehensive development from a mainly economic concern. Realizing the goals in the new plan including urban-rural integration, hukou reform, a sustainable regional development and effective environmental management will be in front of considerable challenges from many aspects such as financial input, institutional rearrangement and a balance between market power and state control. To cope with these challenges, urban administrative restructuring process, as a powerful top-down implementation, can be utilized to examine if the expected outcomes are realized in the urbanization process in the future.
|Conference||County Territory & Development under the New Urbanization Perspective|
|Journal||国际城市规划 - International Urban Planning|
|Book title||2014 Annual Conference of the Academic Committee of Foreign Studies in Urban Planning (ACoFSUP) & the Editorial Board of Journal of Urban Planning International (UPI) Nanjing University-University Paris-Est the Fourth Sino-French Urban, Regional and Planning Symposium|
|Web address (URL) of conference proceedings||http://www.upi-planning.org/Files/hjcsgh/MagazinePDF/0c43af9a-045d-4a34-9b4e-e1be2994f759.pdf|