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Subway, City Boundaries, and Urban Politics: Comparative Case Studies of East Asian Cities (2019_2_40_018)


Traditionally, urban areas are surrounded by rural areas, and the boundary is clear. However, as urbanization develops, rural areas are absorbed by urban areas, and the boundaries gradually fade away. With the development of globalization, nowadays city governments need to face many new challenges and competition from other cities, in addition to traditional issues. City governments have thus been trying to design attractive urban spaces, in order to stand out. To maintain a wall that can block the spillover of economic benefits, or to destroy such a wall, is a question that cities nowadays must answer. This research tries to analyze factors of city politics on public projects through a comparison of East Asian cities.


April 2019 - March 2021

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Ren Zhe
[ Co-researcher ] Xie Zhihai (Kyoai Gakuen University Accociate Professor)
  • IDE Research Bulletin
  • Discussion Paper