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FY 2012/2013 Research Topic: C-12
Urbanization in China: Expansion, Instability and Social Management Mechanisms


China has achieved remarkable results in urbanization after 1978. However, drastic urbanization and land expansion has caused serious problems such as the diminishment of agricultural land, population pressures in urban areas and a range of environmental issues. Tension between farmers and the local government has grown during the process of land expropriation in rural areas due to insufficient subsidies. Similar problems have also occurred in rural areas. Redevelopment is worsening the relation between urban residents and the government. These issues are causing series social instability throughout the country. By focusing on several key issues of social instability, this research aims to analyze the changing mechanisms of social management at the local level.


April 2012 - March 2014

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] AMAKO Satoshi (Waseda University)
[ Co-researchers ] REN zhe
Jaehuan Lim (Aoyama Gakuin University)
Maosong Wu (Keio University)
Mei Huang (Tsukuba University)