(De-)activating the growth machine for redevelopment: the case of Liede urban village in Guangzhou

Guo, Y., Zhang, C., Wang, Y. P. and Li, X. (2018) (De-)activating the growth machine for redevelopment: the case of Liede urban village in Guangzhou. Urban Studies, 55(7), pp. 1420-1438. (doi: 10.1177/0042098017729788)

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This research investigates the mechanism of urban village redevelopment in south China. Through a revised typology of place entrepreneurs based on the growth machine thesis and a case study of Liede village in central Guangzhou, it illustrates how land-based interests embedded in an imbalanced power relationship can (de-)activate urban village redevelopment. The study reveals that while urban villagers, as represented by the village collective, have entrenched interests in the redevelopment process, the city government – as monopolistic land manager and place entrepreneur – plays the deciding role in forging and halting a growth machine geared towards urban village redevelopment. Although developers are also part of the process, the (de-)activation of redevelopment growth machine/coalition in Guangzhou has largely been dominated by the city government. With a comparative view on the original growth machine model, it is hoped that this study would furnish both theoretical and practical thoughts for future research.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The research was supported by the National Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 41571118 and Grant no. 41271138).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wang, Professor Ya Ping
Authors: Guo, Y., Zhang, C., Wang, Y. P., and Li, X.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Urban Studies
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1360-063X
Published Online:30 October 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Urban Studies Journal Limited
First Published:First published in Urban Studies 55(7):1420-1438
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
698881Urban Development, Migration, Segregation and InequalityYa Ping WangEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N007603/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES
706021The Re-Making of Chinese Urban Neighbourhoods: Spatial and socio-economic transformations and access to public services in Tianjin, Hangzhou, ChengduYa Ping WangEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/N010981/1SPS - URBAN STUDIES