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City-regionalism and (re)framing the urban question in China

Jonas, Andy; Li, Yi


Yi Li


This paper situates the rise of city-regionalism in China in the context of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s approach to the urban question since 1949. From strictly controlling urbanization during the first two decades of socialist central planning, the Chinese state now promotes mega city-regionalization (literally in Chinese, city clusters) as a vehicle for internationalizing China’s economy. A reframed urban question in China today emerges from the ongoing tension between city-regional growth, on the one hand, and the emergence of new political interests in the urban living place around the collective provision of services, social and environmental inequalities, and citizen/resident representation in urban governance, on the other. The planetary scope of urbanization notwithstanding, differences in the national political context are crucial for explaining the full diversity of city-regional development processes and outcomes in different countries. The city-regional domain provides an exciting opportunity for urban scholars to examine the changing nature of the urban question in China in the context of an emergent ‘world of city-regionalisms’.


Jonas, A., & Li, Y. (in press). City-regionalism and (re)framing the urban question in China. Transactions in Planning and Urban Research,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 7, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2022
Deposit Date Jul 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 5, 2022
Journal Transactions in Planning and Urban Research
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords The urban question; City-regionalism; Planning; Governance; China
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