Urban China: The Tortuous Path Towards Sustainability

Verdini, G. and Zhang, L. 2020. Urban China: The Tortuous Path Towards Sustainability. Planning Theory & Practice. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/14649357.2020.1726078

TitleUrban China: The Tortuous Path Towards Sustainability
TypeJournal article
AuthorsVerdini, G. and Zhang, L.
Abstract

In recent years, the Chinese government has attempted to pursue a new phase of urbanization, tackling some of the environmental and social costs of previous decades of tumultuous growth. A new agenda for urban sustainability has been put forward starting from the release of the National Urbanization Plan (NUP) in March 2014, (State Council of the People’s Republic of China [SCPRC], 2014), addressing the challenges posed in particular by the impact of rapid urbanization. This shift has been fostered by the policy agenda of President Xi Jingping, labeled as the ‘New Normal’, primarily driven by the need to reposition the Chinese economy in a changing global scenario, and contextually dictated by the relative economic slowdown which the country started to enter in 2010. This has opened up a discussion on the institutional reforms needed to ensure a sustainable urban transition, and their effectiveness in the current economic situation. With this in mind, the goal of this policy brief will be to assess what has been achieved in respect to urban sustainability and to discuss conflicts, prospects and potential pitfalls for the future urbanization process of China.

KeywordsUrban China; Sustainability; Policy reforms.
Article numberahead of print
JournalPlanning Theory & Practice
ISSN1464-9357
Year2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Accepted author manuscript
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/14649357.2020.1726078
Publication dates
Published online24 Feb 2020

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