Inter-urban Competition and Urban Entrepreneurialism : A Perspective of China’s Urban and Rural Space Rescaling Process since 1978

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Since the Reform and Opening-up of China in 1978 the comprehensive effect of marketization, globalization, decentralization has created an economic miracle and unique urban and rural spatial phenomenon. In this process, the growing extensive Inter-city Competition environment has become the institutional foundation of local development. The behavior of Urban Entrepreneurialism has been played a principal role as well. To some extent, the growth machine formed by local government and enterprise dominated the urban and rural space rescaling process. Specifically, this process can be summarized into four phases: (1)1978~1980 township government in cooperation with the TVEs which lead to the thrive of small towns. (2)1980~2000, urban government work with State-owned Enterprises and few private enterprises which promoted the urban development gradually. (3)2000~2008, local government deeply cooperated with diverse enterprises both for profit and cause the savage growth of urban area. Since 2008, local government turned to smart growth because of the economic crisis and lack of resources. From the perspective of institutional change, and growing factors mobility, we constructed the basic analysis frame of institutional system and elements of change the formation of Inter-city Competition Urban Entrepreneurialism space changes, trying to explain the mechanism of China's urban and rural space evolution since the Reform and Opening-up policy from a historical-geographical-social view. 2018 - 2036
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