China’s Local Entrepreneurial State and New Urban Spaces

Downtown Redevelopment in Ningbo

  • Han Zhang

Part of the New Perspectives on Chinese Politics and Society book series (NPCPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Han Zhang
    Pages 1-17
  3. Han Zhang
    Pages 63-88
  4. Han Zhang
    Pages 89-142
  5. Han Zhang
    Pages 143-164
  6. Han Zhang
    Pages 209-221
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 223-238

About this book


In this book, the author seeks to understand China’s urban redevelopment from the theoretical perspective of the local entrepreneurial state. China’s rapid socio-economic transformations since 1978 have been in large part attributed to China’s state transformations. The author closely investigates Ningbo’s two downtown redevelopment projects by conducting ethnographic fieldwork and documentary research. It is found that the local entrepreneurial state deploys local state enterprises to undertake strategic urban redevelopment projects, organizes high-profile city/district marketing campaigns in entrepreneurial manners, and develops corporatist intermediations with local business owners for collaborative urban governance. Yet the local entrepreneurial state is multi-layered, with the municipal and district authorities sometimes disagreeing, conflicting, and bargaining with each other. Meanwhile, the relationship between spaces and their users, as well as that between various space users, constantly changes. All these players and their interactions constitute “spatial politics”, or the story of conflicts, struggles, negotiations, and collaborations in urban governance.  This work, based on six months of fieldwork, will appeal to scholars in the social sciences and experts in Asian Studies.


Local entrepreneurial state new urban spaces downtown redevelopment China Ningbo area Asia Asian culture culture development geography human geography planning political science social science sociology state town urban studies

Authors and affiliations

  • Han Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.University of International Business & EconomicsBeijingChina

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